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Cultural Details for Ulmus parvifolia

Common Name:
Lacebark (Chinese) Elm

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast depending on moisture and fertility levels

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Inconspicuous, appearing in axillary clusters during August-September, essentially masked by the foliage

Fruit Details:
Samara, elliptic-ovate, 1/3" long, glabrous, notched at apex, seed in middle, ripens in September-October

Fall Color:
Yellowish and reddish purple; fall color is usually not outstanding but appears to be better on southern grown trees than northern grown

Bark Details:
Magnificent and often a beautiful mottled combination of gray, green, orange and brown; exfoliating in irregular patches, exposing lighter bark beneath, trunks sometimes fluted

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Shows considerable resistance to Dutch elm disease and also elm leaf and Japanese beetle

Native Habitat:
Northern and central China, Korea, Japan. Introduced 1794.

Other Features:
Excellent, tough, durable tree for about any situation

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted, adaptable to extremes of pH and soil; best growth is achieved in moist, well drained, fertile soils; shows excellent urban soil tolerance and should be considered for urban areas

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1470, 1480, 1490

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.