Chinese Elm

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.

The Appearance

A medium to large deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and small, dark green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It produces small, inconspicuous flowers.


The 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 Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in late summer to early autumn.


The Leaves

They are dark green and glossy on the upper surface, providing an appealing contrast with the lighter undersides.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth, becoming mottled and flaking with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental appeal and shade. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Elm is known for its attractive, mottled bark and its resistance to Dutch elm disease.

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