Chinese Elm

Chinese_Elm_jpgThe Chinese Elm is often confused with the Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila), whose leaves are very similar. The outstanding characteristic of the Chinese Elm is bark that sheds in the fall leaving and irregular mottled spots of orange, gray, green and brown. Chinese Elm is tough durable tree easy to transplant, good street tree resistant to Dutch Elm disease and air pollution.Chinese Elm is used as a Bonsai Tree.  It has small leaves that remain on the tree the year around, excellent branching characteristics, twisted trunk and exposed roots which give the appearance of great age.

OtherCommonName:

Lace Bark Elm, Evergreen Elm

ScientificName:

Ulmus parvifolia

Community:

Thicket

PlantStatus:

Introduced, Native of North and Central China, Korea and Japan

LifeSpan:

Woody Tree

PlantHeight:

40 to 50 feet

FruitingTime:

Fall

Distribution:

Through out the USA

FloweringTime:

Late summer

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Rounded crown ~ Bark smooth, sheds in fall ~ Leaves alternate, simple, elliptical, single toothed, 0.8 to 2.5 inches long and to 1 inch wide, slightly unequal at base, yellowish to reddish purple in fall ~ Flowers profuse clusters in late summer ~ Fruit tan, papery, wing-shaped, known as “Samara” ~ Roots shallow, invasive