Zelkova serrata (Thunb.) Makino

Japanese Elm, Japanese Zelkova, Saw-leaf Zelkova

Cultivar City Sprite TM

Cultivar City Sprite TM

Family: Ulmaceae

Genus: Zelkova

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: To 80' tall and 50' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Vase shape with low branches, become more ascending with age. Leaves alternate, rough texture, to 5" long, serrated. Orange to red-purple autumn color. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.


'JFS-KW1' - City Sprite™ - PP#20996 - compact, semi-dwarf habit with short internodes. Selected from seedlings at a nursery in Canby, Oregon by Keith S. Warren. 24' tall and 18' wide.


Published in Bot. Mag. (Tokyo) 17: 13 in 1903.

Basionym Corchorus serratus Thunb.

Native to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Kurile Islands.

Introduced in 1861.

RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

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