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Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9   View Map
  • Works well as a street tree due to its ability to grow in adverse conditions and relative freedom from the diseases affecting many other elm species
  • Features distinctively exfoliating bark with a mottled pattern, often with shades of brown, gray, green, and orange
  • Produces dark, glossy green leave that are ¾–2" long with serrate leaf margins
  • Provides fall color that ranges from yellow to purple and is better than other elms
  • Yields oval, brown fruit best described as a notched, elliptical wing up to ½" long with a small seed in the center
  • Grows in a rounded shape

Tree Details



Growth Speed

Medium to Fast

Scientific Name

Ulmus parvifolia

Mature Height

40' - 50'

Mature Spread

35' - 45'

Shipping Height



This handsome, graceful tree has a rounded crown adorned with lustrous dark green leaves that change to yellow and reddish purple in fall. A landscape standout, the lacebark elm has distinctive bark, which is mottled and often creates colorful patterns in its trunk.

Medium to fast-growing, this elm adapts to many soil conditions and is relatively free from the diseases ravaging other elm species, making it a tough and durable tree for any situation.

Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade

Soil Preference

Acidic, Alkaline, Clay, Drought, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained, Wet

Wildlife Value

The tree provides nesting sites for small animals and birds; the seeds are an abundant food source for birds; and the leaves are attractive to mourning cloak, eastern comma and question mark butterfly larvae.


This landscape standout earned the name Lacebark Elm for its distinctive bark, which is mottled instead of ridged as in other Elms and often creates colorful patterns in its trunk. A native of China, Korea and Japan, the tree was introduced to America in 1794.

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