University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Trees for Your Home
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Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm
Ulmus parvifolia
Chinese Elm leaves
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Bacterial Disease

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Phytoplasma Disease


Elm leaf beetles and Japanese beetles can be a problem, but to a lesser extent than seen on other elms.   This species can be affected by Dutch Elm Disease, but is considered to have good resistance to the deadly disease.
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9 
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Mature Height: 40-50 Feet
Features: Small leaves with a mild purplish fall color; bark peels and flakes giving a mottled appearance.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well drained soils; pH adaptable.
Cultivars:

Many exist, but cold hardiness varies.  Those hardy to zone 5 include

  • 'Central Park Splendor' 
  • 'Dynasty'
Mature Form: Broadly oval to rounded
Native To: Asia
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Tolerance: Alkaline SoilAlkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Uses:
Massing
Patio
Screen
Use for: Shade.Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Green
Purple
 
Additional Notes: The name Chinese Elm is often mistakenly applied to Ulmus pumila, a species that is considered of limited use in the landscape.

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