Mon-Fri 9a-5p EST

Zelkova Tree

Pam's Picks
Zelkova is a quick growing tree that is trouble-free and grows almost anywhere. There is virtually no condition that you can throw at this tree that it will not overcome, and it's perfect for urban settings with higher pollution levels. Drought, mediocre soil and frosty temps are no problem. It has a pretty canopy shape to provide shade, too.

*images shown are of mature plants

Lowest Price Online - Guaranteed

Zelkova Tree

Called the "Green Vase Tree" because of its Perfect Form

This item is currently SOLD OUT

You may be interested in the products below

Saves Room 
The Zelkova Tree's branching habit is graceful with upright branches and an elegant arch. Perfect for planting near the street, driveways, or as a shade tree near decks, patios and porches. It will fit just about anywhere.

Rapid Growth Rate
It has a rapid growth rate in youth, slowing to a medium growth rate during middle age and at maturity. This tree matures at 60' 70' with a 35' - 45' spread, and can boast about its low maintenance needs.

Easy Growing Habits
The Zelkova grows best in full to partial sun. It prefers moist, well-drained, deep soils but is very adaptable and urban tolerant. Zones 4-8 are best for this tree. Once established, minimal watering is required.

Disease Resistant
This deciduous native of Japan is very disease resistant and is tolerant of many conditions.

Low Maintenance

Drought, pollution, poor soils and various ph levels are no match for this tree and it has the ability to tolerate considerable winter cold without any twig die-back.

Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 60-70 ft.
Mature Width: 35-45 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
(blue area above)

You are in Growing Zone:

cannot find zip code, please re-enter
loading loading...

It's Easy to Plant your Zelkova Tree

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Zelkova Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Zelkova Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Zelkova Tree again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

5.0 / 5.0
1 Review
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
After one year our Zelkova appears to be healthy and growing. It is still a long way from looking like the photos of mature trees but we knew that would take time. If you order/plant a Zelkova, I would note that it took longer than other trees in the area before it showed signs of budding and growth in the spring. Don't know if that is the nature of the tree or that it was its first year in the ground, but the maple planted at the same time did not have any such delay
Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
1 year ago
Browse 5 questions and 6 answers
Hide answersShow all answers | Sort by
Which cultivar is this Zelkova?
Larry M on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: This Zelkova is the Zelkova serrata cultivar.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (7)
We are on top of Lava cap but have added several feet deep of top soil. What type of mix should we use in the hole?
Wendy T on Aug 1, 2014
Best Answer: A sandy or loamy potting mix would work best.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 13, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
Average growth per year when first planted ?
Bob P on Jul 31, 2014
Best Answer: I planted mine in a bright sunny place in June 2013. It has really thrived and I would estimate has grown almost two feet and gotten full. The trunk is easily twice the thickness as last year. It has big elm-like leaves and a great shape. We love the tree.
Reply · Report · Christopher M on Jul 31, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
how close to a deck can the Zelkova be planted to provide shade quickly?
Julie L on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: They get pretty large. 30 - 50 feet wide, and 50 to 70 feet tall. We recommend planting them far away from structures to give them room to grow. If you're planing to regularly prune your tree back to maintain it at a certain height or width you can plant it closer.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
how resistant to oak root fungus is zelkova?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer: Our grafted Zelkova Tree variety is very disease and pest resistant. Oak root Fungus shouldn't be a problem or occur if planted and cared for correctly.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Zelkova Tree can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

Tree before pruning Tree after pruning Rose before pruning Rose after pruning
Maple Tree before pruning Maple Tree after pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose before pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose after pruning

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.