Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata)


Quick Facts

  • A flowering tree native to Japan, Korea, Eastern China, and Taiwan 
  • Often used as an ornamental bonsai plant
  • Is tolerant of heat, little water, nutrient poor soils, and various pH
  • Highly resistant to Dutch Elm disease, suitable replacement tree for the American Elm


The leaves are 1 1/2-2 inch long ovate to oblong-ovate dark green leaves with serrated edges and a slightly rough texture. It can grow from 50-80 feet and is considered a shade and ornamental tree. Produces kidney bean-shaped fruits that ripen in the fall. Fall leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, brown, deep red and reddish-purple. Know as Keaki in Asian countries.