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
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
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.