- Great shade tree and street tree
- Showy fall colors
- Unique peeling bark exposes orange patches
- Tolerant of wind, drought, and air pollution
- Grows 50'to 80' tall, 50'to 75' spread
- Zones 5 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI, OR
Zones 5 - 8
The Japanese Zelkova can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Japanese Zelkova falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
50' - 80' High
The Japanese Zelkova grows to be 50' - 80' feet in height.
50' - 75' Spread
The Japanese Zelkova has a spread of about 50' - 75' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This zelkova does well in full sun.
The Japanese zelkova grows in acidic to slightly alkaline, moist to dry, compacted, wide range of soil textures.
This zelkova has vase shape.
The Japanese zelkova is a handsome tree with showy fall color, attractive exfoliating bark, and a symmetrical, vase-shaped growth habit. It makes a good street tree because of its dense shade, ability to grow in marginal soils and resistance to pests and pollution.
Japanese zelkova is native to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria. This tree is also called the "Keaki". The timber is high quality, durable and strong with a beautiful grain. It is used for furniture and in construction. It is a popular bonsai tree.
Japanese zelkova prefers moist, well drained soil but is very drought tolerant once established.
The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to oblong-ovate, 1 1/4"-2" long with serrated margins, dark green and slightly rough above. Fall colors are shades of yellow, orange, brown to deep red to reddish purple.
green, not showy
Spring with the leaves.
Small, kidney bean-shaped drupe about 1/4" across ripening in the fall.
Japanese Zelkova is a good street and shade tree that has an appealing vase-shaped form with a rounded crown. Green leaves turn yellow, copper, orange, or deep red to purplish-red in fall putting on a showy display. The peeling bark on older trees exposes orange patches which can be quite impressive. Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun. It is pH adaptable, and when established is tolerant of wind, drought, and air pollution. (Zones 5-8)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.