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Zelkova Tree

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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.

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Zelkova Tree

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

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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
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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

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We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

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. 

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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.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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.

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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
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Which cultivar is this Zelkova?
Larry M on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: This Zelkova is the Zelkova serrata cultivar.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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