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Chinese Elm Tree, Ulmus parvifolia.

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Chinese Elm Tree, Ulmus parvifolia. Also called: Evergreen Elm and Lace Bark Elm. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.Chinese Elm Tree, Ulmus parvifolia. Also called: Evergreen Elm and Lace Bark Elm. Common Landscape Plants. Shrubs, Flowers, & Trees. For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Images, Descriptions, & Reviews.
Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia.Chinese Elm, Ulmus parvifolia.

Chinese Elm Tree.
Ulmus parvifolia, Elm Family: ( Ulmaceae ), Chinese Elm Tree. Also called: Evergreen Elm and Lace Bark Elm.

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The Chinese Elm is a native of China, Korea and Japan. It was introduced into the United States. It has proven to be highly resistant to both the Dutch elm disease and the elm leaf beetle, both of which have been highly destructive to the native American Elm.

The distinctive bark of the Chinese Elm is smooth, mottled brown, and sheds in thin flakes, exposing orange to reddish brown inner bark.

Landscapers and gardeners have planted it successfully across the southern United States, especially in the Pacific and Gulf regions.

It survives well in climatic extremes. Cultivators of trees plant it as an ornamental shade tree on lawns, along streets and in parks


Quick Notes:

Height: Usually 30 - 60 feet, with equal or slightly less spread.

Flowers: Monoecious; inconspicuous, light green in small tight clusters.

Flowering Time: February - April.

Leaves: Alternate, simple, elliptical to broadly lanceolate, to 2 1/2 inches long, pinnately veined, serrate margin; base of leaf is inequilateral, shiny dark green above and nearly glabrous, pale below.

Trunk: Normally up to 8 - 18 inches in diameter.


Bark: Mottled green, gray and orange, outer pieces separated by a red-orange (inner bark). The trunk may become fluted.


Fruit & Seeds: Has a flattened, winged samara, nearly round but notched at the top, 1/2 inch long, light reddish brown, occuring in tight clusters.


Found: The Chinese Elm is originally a native of China, Korea and Japan. It was introduced into the United States. It is now considered to be a native plant by the USDA, to the USA (AR, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NJ, NV, OK, PA, VA, WV). Also native to Canada (ON).


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Elevation: Can be found growing from 0 - 2,952 Feet.

Habitat: Used as a very common landscape plant in Phoenix. Found wild in riparian canyons and large washes with a perennial source of water. Maintenance: High leaf drop. Not pool friendly. Photos Taken June 06, 2006 Glendale, Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken; June 6, 2006. In Glendale, Arizona. it is considered a xeriscape plant. It must have some water.

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