Plants for Summer: Trees


Zelkova serrata 'Village Green'

Common name: Japanese Zelkova
Zones of hardiness: 5 to 8
Height & width: 50 to 80’ high and 30 to 50’ spread
Leaves: Alternate, simple, ovate to oblong-obovate, 8 to 14 pairs of veins
Origin: Asia

A vase-shaped crown, beautiful bark that has a ‘sandy’ or grainy look, and deep green and smooth leaves are the unique characteristics that help distinguish the Japanese Zelkova. Compared to several cultivars, the Japanese Zelkova is hardier, faster-growing and possesses a high resistance to Dutch elm disease. It is used frequently as a street tree and works well in urban areas, considering that it is largely drought and wind resistant.