Ulmus parvifolia

Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia - Lacebark Elm

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune only when dormant between December and March.

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The exfoliating bark is interesting with its patterns and color and actually extends up the trunk and even on the surface roots.

  • Graceful rounded canopy
  • Peeling bark exposes shades of gray, green, brown & orange
  • Rich green and glossy foliage with serrated edges

Best used in a large yard or park.

Height: 40-45 ft
Spread: 35-40 ft
Zone: 4-9
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Lacebark Elm:

Lacebark Elm is a large tree that adapts very well in both wet or dry sites which speaks highly of its durability.  What adds to its toughness is its excellent resistance to Dutch Elm Disease and the elm leaf beetle.  This tree has a nice vase-like habit and the mottled, exfoliating bark is a beautiful and ornamental feature.

Characteristics & Attributes


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

Foliage Color:

  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained