Zelkova serrata 'Halka'

Japanese Zelkova

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune if needed when dormant.

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This handsome tree has great foliage, attractive bark and a form most like an elm.

  • Fast-growing cultivar
  • Wide-spreading branches
  • Yellow in fall

Good tree for a large yard or can be used as street tree due to tolerance to environmental conditions.

Height: 40-45 ft
Spread: 30-35 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
  • Fall Color
  • Mass Planting
  • Winter Interest
  • Low Maintenance
  • Great Foliage
  • Disease Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Yellow
  • Gold
  • Orange
  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water