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Chinese Elm - Ulmus Parviflora



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    Chinese Elm

    Additional Common Names: Chinese Elm, Chinese Evergreen Elm, Lacebark Elm

    Sunset Zones:  3-24

    USDA Hardiness Zones:  5-9

    Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

    Soil: Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline

    Drought Tolerance: Moderately drought tolerant, but better with regular water

    Growth Rate:  36 inches / year

    Growth Habit: Oval, Rounded, or Umbrella shaped

    Height:  40-60ft.

    Width: 50-70ft.

    Evergreen or Deciduous: Semi-Evergreen to Deciduous

    Longevity: 50 to 150 years

    Litter Issue: Small dry fruit

    Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Scales, Dutch Elm Disease, Armillaria, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Sooty Mold, and Verticillium.  

    Branch Strength: Medium

    Root Damage Potential: Moderate

    Suckering Potential: High on trunk beneath the canopy

    Salt Tolerance: Moderate

    Special Care:

    Pruning Advice: Pruning suckers and branches on the lower trunk that are undesirable will be something you need to do regularly. Other than that the tree will need little pruning.

    Watering Advice: Chinese Elms can handle most watering situations that you throw at it, but too much water in a poorly drained soil will kill the tree.

    Staking: Staking young trees with a trunk diameter of 2” or less is recommended.

    Fertilizer: Fertilize in early spring and late autumn when soils are poor and lacking nutrition.

    Additional Info: Commonly confused with Siberian Elm which is considered a trash tree.