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Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty' (Chinese Elm)

Chinese Elm 'Frosty', Lacebark Elm 'Frosty', Variegated Chinese Elm


Magnificent, Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty' (Chinese Elm) is a small deciduous tree of vase shaped habit, noted for its variegated foliage, multi-colored bark and good resistance to Dutch elm disease. The shiny foliage of small, pointy, dark green leaves is adorned with frosty-white edges throughout the season and turns golden-yellow in the fall. Inconspicuous reddish-green flowers appear in late summer. Another striking ornamental feature of this Chinese Elm is the superb exfoliating bark, which flakes to reveal patches of shades of gray, green, brown, and orange. Adding welcome color to the winter landscape, Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty' is a fascinating elm year-round. 

  • Grows up to 20 ft. tall (6 m) and 15 ft. wide (4.5 m).
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in rich, moist, well-drained loams. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions including wet and dry sites. Drought tolerant.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant.
  • Keep an eye out for wilts, rots, cankers and leaf spots. Ulmus parvifolia has good resistance to Dutch elm disease, Japanese beetle and elm leaf beetle.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Ulmus - Elms
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Ulmus - Elms
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders

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