Selkova

Location: Eaton Hall courtyard 
Approximate blooming period: February - March

Japanese Selkova, Zelkova serrata

Origin: Japan 
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 5 
Height and Form: Broadleaf deciduous tree
Foliage: Leaves simple, alternate, ovate to oblong-ovate, 2.5-5 cm long (on some shoots to 13 cm long), sharply serrate with acuminate teeth, parallel veins,dark green and somewhat rough above; fall color is variable and may range from yellow, yellow or orange bronze, orange, red and reddish purple. Bark is smooth-gray initially. 
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: 
Name: also known as "Saw-leaf Zelkova" 
Cultivars/Varieties:

  • Autumn Glow™ ('Glodell')  -  compact form, 35 ft (11 m) tall with a 25-30 ft (8-9 m) spread, red, purple fall color.
  • Green Vase®  -  50 ft tall and 40 ft wide (15 x 12 m), vase shaped with upright arching branches, orange fall color, taller and more graceful than Village Green, popular.
  • 'Halka'  -   fast growing, 50 ft tall (15 m) and 30 ft (9 m) wide, open, loose, irregular habit, "best American elm mimic" (Sunset), yellow fall color.
  • 'Musashino'  -  upright, narrow, 45 ft tall and only 20 ft wide (14 x 6 m), yellow fall color.
  • 'Variegata'  -  small, weak growing tree, leaves small, green with a white rim around the margin.
  • Village Green™  -  40 ft (12 m) tall and similar width, vase shaped, rounded, dense foliage, rusty-red in fall.
  • Wireless®  -  low and spreading, 25 ft (7.6 m) tall and 36 ft (11 m) wide, vase form, suitable for under utility lines, red fall color.

Oregon State University - Zelkova serrata


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