Ulmus parvifolia

Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm

A hardy and useful medium-sized streetscaping tree that offers dense shade and attractive feature bark.

Features: Hardiness. Feature bark. Dense shade.
Applications: Shade tree, street tree, gardens, parks, verges.
Description Enjoying full sun, tolerating poor soils and generally harsh sites, the Chinese Elm is a versatile tree. With its thick deep-green canopy and attractive bark, peeling in various shades and patches it is a beautiful addition to any garden, landscape or streetscape. Its adaptability extends to the demands of an urban environment (air pollution, compaction) so it is a suitable choice for carparks, verges or street plantings. Autumn colour is usually yellow. With its known resistance to the Dutch Elm disease, healthy specimens can also be seen tolerating coastal conditions.
Availability: Torbay, Champion Lakes : 100L
Mature height: 10-18
Mature spread: 6-10
Canopy: Some variation, but often dense and/or broadly spreading. Dense shade (seasonal).
Growth rate: Medium-Fast
Cautions: Some variability exists between specimens. Intolerant of root disturbance. Dislikes very alkaline soils.
Tolerances: Urban environments - air pollution and compaction. Harsh sites. Poor soils.
Sun demands: Full sun
Soil demands: Tolerates most well-drained soils but dislikes very alkaline soils.
Water demands: Low-Medium
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Deciduous/Semi-deciduous
Family: Ulmaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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