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Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju' (Chinese Elm)

Chinese Elm 'Seiju', Lacebark Elm 'Seiju'


Primarily used for rock gardens and bonsai, Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju' (Chinese Elm) is a dwarf deciduous tree of rounded habit, noted for its excellent foliage, multi-colored bark and good resistance to Dutch elm disease. The shiny foliage of leathery, dark green leaves turns yellow to burgundy in the fall. Inconspicuous reddish-green flowers appear in late summer. The most 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 'Seiju' is truly a fascinating elm. Great for mixed borders or containers.

  • Grows up to 2-10 ft. tall and wide (60-300 cm).
  • 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 2' – 10' (60cm – 3m)
Spread 2' – 10' (60cm – 3m)
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, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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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 2' – 10' (60cm – 3m)
Spread 2' – 10' (60cm – 3m)
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, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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