Japanese Zelkova

Zelkova serrata

Japanese zelkovas are an extremely tough shade tree that were used in many cities as a replacement for the American elm when it was ravaged by disease from the 1950s – on. With a classic vase shaped crown, zelkovas cast abundant shade on yards where it is planted.

Size and Light Requirements

Zelkovas requires full sun, and will attain 40 feet in height over 40 to 60 years.

Plant This Tree

You can get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.



Photo Credits

KENPEI, Geographer, Sten, KENPEI, 潘立傑 LiChieh Pan