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Chinese Elm,Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese elm Chinese elm Bark of Chinese elm

Chinese elm
G. Lumis

Chinese elm
G. Lumis

Bark of Chinese elm
G. Lumis

Summary
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 40 to 60 feet 
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Shape: Spreading

A tough, durable tree. Its small, dark-green leaves turn yellow and reddish purple in fall.  Known mainly for its highly ornamental bark.

Plant Needs
Zone: 5 to 8
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet, moist, or dry
Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay
pH Range: 4.0 to 7.0

Functions
Suggested uses for this plant include shade and specimen plant.

Planting Notes
Easily transplanted; one of the easiest trees to grow.  Tolerates a wide range of soil pH, types, and moisture levels.  Tolerates poor soil and is a good choice for urban areas.

Care 
Requires little maintenance.  Ensure the soil contains proper nutrients and organic components.
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Problems 
No serious insect and disease problems.

Alternatives
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

Cultivars of ULMUS PARVIFOLIA
No important cultivars.

Comments
A superior landscape elm, not to be confused with the inferior Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila).
Magnificent, somewhat exfoliating bark has a mottled effect with a mixture of light gray, green, orange, and brown colors. Very resistant to insects and diseases.

This material was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation. Mary Miller, Project Director. Diane Relf, Content Specialist, Horticulture. Copyright 1989 by VCE.