Zelkova serrata - Japanese Zelkova


  • This tree is planted for its serrated foliage which turns to a spectacular yellow and red in Autumn. It has a greyish, exfoliating (in rounded patches) bark which contrasts against the the foliage. It branches out freely (often multi-stemmed) and makes an ideal bonsai subject but is equally ideal as a patio plant or as a garden tree. It is very easy to grow on almost any types of soil and tolerates urban pollution too.

  • Other common names: Japanese Zelkova, Keyaki

  • Native to: Japan, Eastern China, Korea

  • Family: Fagaceae (Beech Family)

  • Habit (UK conditions): large tree (but it can be pruned to keep it small)

  • Typical size in 10 years: 10m x 3m

  • Main value: elliptic, hornbeam-like leaves which turn yellow or red in Autumn; exfoliating bark

  • Flower colour: yellow, small, not significant

  • Flowering period: April

  • Autumn coloration: bright yellow to fiery red

  • Preferences: full sun or light shade, it can be grown on many types of soil

  • Hardiness: hardy to at least around -20C



Related Items