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Zelkova serrata

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On Display
Arts and Industries Building
Accession Number
2018-0008A
Description
The Japanese zelkova is a close relative to the elm, and a popular replacement for it as a street tree. Japanese zelkovas provide dense shade and grow in a lovely vase shape.
Hardiness
-20 - 20 F
Bloom Time
March to April
Provenance
From a cultivated plant not of known wild origin
Topic
Trees
Living Collections
Range
E. China; Japan; Korea
Habitat
Medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun
Life Form
Deciduous tree
Average Height
50-80'
Bark Characteristics
Gray, exfoliating bark with orange-brown innner bark.
Bloom Characteristics
Small green flowers appear in spring as leaves emerge.
Fall Color
Brown, red, orange, yellow
Foliage Characteristics
Oblong to elliptic, simple leaves with serrated margins and pointed tips. 1.25-3" long.
Fruit Characteristics
Ovate drupes which ripen in the fall.
Structure
Vase
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Common Name
Japanese Zelkova
Sawleaf Zelkova
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Rosanae
Order
Rosales
Family
Ulmaceae
Genus
Zelkova
Species
serrata
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax7eecf82d7-16df-49b3-a05f-600dd099d9dc
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2018-0008A
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
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