Wireless Zelkova

Zelkova serrata ‘Schmidtlow’


This spreading tree shades a wide area like a house wall or patio, but does not get very tall. It is a smaller version of the full-sized Zelkova, which is often too large for smaller yards. It is suitable for placement in a lawn. It has attractive, dark green leaves that turn red in the fall.


This tree is best with annual pruning when it is young to reduce crowded branches.


Note that any tree grown in a lawn may develop surface roots unless irrigation is properly managed. Tree roots need both air and water in the root zone. Lawns are frequently overwatered, resulting in water-logged soil with no air in the root zone. Check your tree’s root zone to see if it is water-logged or too dry. The best method is to dig a small hole about 12 inches deep and look at the soil: if it is bone dry, there is not enough water; if it is muddy, there is too much water; if it is moist like a cake, it is just right. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive moisture meter from your nursery or hardware store and look for a “moist” reading.

Wireless Zelkova

Height: 20 to 25 feet
Spread: 25 to 35 feet
Growth Rate: moderate

Irrigation needed: medium water
Fall Color: red
Flowers:  inconspicuous
Seeds/Fruit: very small (<1/4-inch) seeds

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, paving, swimming pool: 6 feet
Fence, underground utilities: 3 feet
OK to plant under high voltage lines

Fall Color