About Ulmus parvifolia (Chinese Elm)
Native to eastern Asia, this tree is known as Ulmus parvifolia. Adorned with elliptical, leathery green leaves with even toothed margins, the Chinese elm is considered a fast grower. Reaching an average mature landscape size of 50-70 feet by 40-65′, the spreading branches from this large tree grow in a weeping form. During the fall season, this tree welcomes samara’s and has interesting mottled, flaking bark that can be admired year-round (exfoliating). As a semi-evergreen tree, this Elm tree loses its leaves for a short period of time just during the winter season.
Care and planting instructions
Plant Ulmus parvifolia in an area that receives full to partial sun exposure using well-draining soil. Water generously after planting to encourage the growth of a healthy root system, then reduce frequency once established. During periods of extreme heat, watering should increase to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out completely. If desired, pruning should be done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins to emerge.
Landscape design ideas
The Chinese Elm tree is an excellent addition to city wide street median or to spruce up the parking area of commercial office space. This tree variety also can be used as a privacy screen when planted in multiples between driveways or along a fence line.