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Ulmus parvifolia/Chinese Elm

Ulmus parvifolia / Ulmus parvifolia
Bark of a mature Chinese elm
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Bark of a mature Chinese elm

Young tree in a deciduous state in winter

Relatively young, but fast growing shade tree

Interesting patterns to the exfoliating (peeling) bark

Canopy of two trees in summer foliage

Exfoliating bark is characteristic of this tree

Close-up view of foliage

Foliage and seeds in late autumn

'Catlin' culltivar as bonsai in training since 1976

As a "Broom Style" bonsai

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Scientific Name: Ulmus parvifolia
Common Name: Chinese Elm
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Green, Yellow
Fruit color: Green, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: A special feature of this tree is the striking bark that sheds and leave irregular orange jigsaw-like puzzle spots along the trunk. Trees grow rapidly for the first few years and provide quick shade. This tree can tolerate urban conditions and a wide range of soil conditions.