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Species: Zelkova serrata

(zel-koe'vah ser-ray'tah)

Zelkova serrata

Japanese Zelkova; Saw-leaf Zelkova; Keaki Tree

Found on Course Walks

Dry Site Plants

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Recommended Urban Trees Collection
Tree Identification Guide

Cultivars

Mostly tall trees except 'Schmidtlow' ( Wireless) and 'City Sprite', which are <30.'

'City Sprite', 'Goshiki', 'Green Vase', 'Halka', 'Musashino', 'Schmidtlow', 'Spring Grove', 'Variegata', 'Village Green'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet, Tree < 30 feet

60' - 80', some cultivars <30'

Deciduous

vase

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

5b

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

narrow crotch angles and poor branch attachment can cause splitting when older; dark green leaves turn yellow, bronze or reddish purple; cherrylike bark becomes gray and exfoliating when mature

Yes

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil; Prolonged periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

No diseases listed

Bare Root Transplanting

Moderately difficult

Other

transplant in spring, native to Japan, Korea, Northern China, Taiwan

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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