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Japanese Zelkova

Zelkova serrata

Also known as

Keaki, Keyaki, Saw-Leaf Zelkova, Japanese-Elm, Water-Elm, Sawleaf zelkova

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

18m

12m

Min

8m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Japanese Zelkova Overview

This is an ornamental tree, which can grow to a height of 30m with a spreading crown. It has smooth bark with leaves that are pointed oblong, sharply serrated and light green which are slightly hairy above, and shiny underneath. The bark is grey and the leaves are similar to the elms and will turn yellow to red in the autumn.

How to propagate Japanese Zelkova

Cuttings

You can propagate from seeds or root cuttings in autumn.

Seed

Grafting

By grafting.

Other uses of Japanese Zelkova

Grown for their foliage and habit and often planted as isolated specimens.