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Japanese Zelkova

Japanese Zelkova Tree
The Japanese zelkova is a popular shade and lawn tree with dark green leaves in the summer and yellow to red leaves in the fall. There are several Japanese zelkovas between the Heckscher Building and Driprock Arch.

Common Name: Japanese Zelkova

Scientific Name: Zelkova serrata

Origin: Asia

Family: Ulmaceae

Size: 50' - 80' tall, 50' - 75' wide

Form: Round

Culture: Tolerant to urban conditions, including drought and air pollution


Oblong, 3" long, ovate, serate, rough on top


1/8" long, clustered at base of new leaves, greenish


Tiny egg-shaped droops, mature in autumn


Peeling, gray-brown revealing with orange-brown patches underneath