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Japanese Zelkova

Zelkova serrata

Japanese zelkova Japanese zelkova in winter

Japanese zelkova
G. Lumis

Japanese zelkova in winter
G. Lumis

Height  15-20m (50-60')

Leaves  3-5cm (1-3")

Native to Japan, this medium-sized tree has the vase-shaped form typical of American elms. Its tolerance of Dutch elm disease has made it a popular choice to replace disease-stricken populations. It flourishes in almost any good soil preferring a deep, well-drained moist loam. 

Fast-growing, its leaves are slender and 3-5 cm long with 8-14 veins per side ending in a single sharp tooth.