Ulmus parvifolia      

Lacebark or Chinese Elm

Family:  Ulmaceae
Zone:  7-10                             Average Size:  30’H x 20’W


-Distinctive vase-shaped form of mature specimens
-Simple leaf, asymmetrical with prominent veins and a toothed margin, 1-2 inches long, glossy
-Exfoliating bark in irregular patches exposing cinnamon-orange underbark
-Small clusters of yellow-green flowers becoming round disc-shaped samara in late summer, early fall

Note:   Native to China and Japan, the Lacebark Elm has become a popular small shade tree in the South.  With relatively few insect and disease problems, the foliage remains attractive throughout the season compared to native elms.  Well adapted to urban conditions, young trees grow rapidly creating a heavy canopy susceptible to wind damage.  Staking and pruning may be required.

Campus Location: Sturgis Hall, west parking lot.