Zelkova serrata 'Musashino'

Japanese Zelkova

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when dormant.

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This handsome tree has great foliage, attractive bark and has a narrow habit perfect for small yards.

  • Narrow habit for use where space is limited
  • Attractive fall foliage
  • Finely textured leaves

Good tree for yards with limited space or as a street tree.

Height: 40-45 ft
Spread: 12-15 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Japanese Zelkova:

A large tree that is both ornamental and useful for shade featuring attractive leaves that turn shades of yellow, copper, orange, red and purple in the fall.  When the tree is more mature the peeling bark will display patches of orange which extends the interest into winter.  Tree must be planted in an area where soil is well-drained and though it does tolerate drought, prefers moist soils.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Specimen
  • Disease Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Mass Planting
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water