About This Plant

The Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) is a versatile and popular tree known for its adaptability and aesthetic qualities. As it matures, the tree’s bark exfoliates, revealing intricate patterns of grey, orange, and brown, adding to its visual appeal, especially in winter. Chinese Elms come in various sizes, making them suitable for both small and medium-sized spaces. They feature a graceful, symmetrical growth pattern, making them ideal for shade and ornamental purposes.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of the Chinese Elm are small, ovate to elliptic, and have serrated edges. They are dark green and glossy on the upper surface, providing an appealing contrast with the lighter undersides. The leaves turn various shades of yellow, red, or purple in autumn.

Produce

Chinese Elms produce inconspicuous flowers in late summer or early fall. These flowers are not particularly showy, but they contribute to seed production. The fruit of the Chinese Elm is a small, winged samara (a type of dry fruit with a papery wing). These seeds are dispersed by the wind.
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