Zelkova serrata

Scientific name: Zelkova serrata


Common names: “Japanese zelkova” “keaki” “keyaki” “saw-leaf zelkova”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree



Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold winds, tolerates air pollution

Soil: Fertile, deep soil

Moisture: Moist-wet well drained


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Plant Size: 50-80′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Smooth grey bark and serrated, lance-shaped leaves turning orange and yellow

Flower: Insignificant greenish flowers and fruitsImage result for zelkova serrata

Pruning: Minimal, little to no pruning required, may be spoiled by pruning

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Specimen tree, shade tree, street tree

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy, resistant to Dutch Elm disease

Comments: ~AGM winner

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