Elm, Lacebark (Chinese)
Extremely fast-growing, adaptable, handsome, and winter-hardy, the Lacebark Elm is a great landscape and shade tree for temperate and chillier regions alike…
What distinguishes the lovely Lacebark Elm?
Very fast-growing (capable of sprouting up 2-3 ft. per year).
Radiant leathery foliage.
Richly-colored exfoliating bark.
Winter-hardy and resilient as a shade tree.
Highly resistant to the Dutch elm disease and other pests that plague most elms.
Earthy-colored water-resistant heartwood.
High pruning tolerance.
Keeping up appearances…
The Lacebark Elm is characterized by its curvy, rounded structure, rearing up to 40-50 ft. with a 25-40 ft. spread, and is also distinguished by its radiant leathery foliage and its richly-colored exfoliating bark. The Lacebark Elm’s flowers aren’t showy; they appear in late summer or early autumn and quickly give way to this shade tree’s russet-toned winged seeds which greatly help to promulgate the species.
Belonging to the Ulmaceae family, the Lacebark Elm is similar to other elm varieties due to leaves and bark. Its deciduous foliage is colored dark green in the spring and summer, turning rich shades of gold, copper, and reddish-purple in the autumn; these colors are retained as late as December or sometimes January. Its mottling brownish-gray bark has undertones of orange and gold. As color-coordinated as the savviest fashion designer, the Lacewood Elm’s water-resistant heartwood can be one of a range of earthy warm colors, from russet-red to creamy tan, with off-white sapwood that features a handsome grain pattern.
A friendly recommendation.
Highly resistant to the Dutch elm disease and other pests that plague most elms, the Lacebark Elm appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. With a 5-9 hardiness zone rating, it has been since regarded as a decent substitute to the American Elm. This fast-growing tree has a natural inclination to grow multiple trunks and its branches tend to droop over time. Nevertheless, it can easily be cultivated to grow as a single trunk and can be pruned to serve as an outstanding street tree.
The Lacebark Elm’s versatility, high pruning tolerance and resilience also renders it a favorite choice as a bonsai (the Japanese art form of using trees grown in containers). As a bonsai species, it is perhaps the single most widely available. It thrives best in medium well-drained soils with generous doses of full sunlight.
Awesome tree trivia!
- Ulmus Parvifolia—the Lacebark Elm (or Chinese Elm)—is native to central China, Japan, and Korea.
- Freshly cut, the wood emits a unique peppery aroma.
- Though typically considered too hard and tough for carving, the Lacebark Elm’s timber turns easily, holds well, and steam-bends effectively—it does, however, tend to be “lively” as a wood, warping and distorting when drying.
This Tree's Zone: 4 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Fall Foliage||Yellow to Brown|
|Size||40 to 50 Feet|
|Spread||24 to 40 Feet|