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City Sprite zelkova

Zelkova serrata 'City Sprite'

Easy to Maintain Fall Colors

Characteristics:
Deciduous broadleaf tree with a compact, dense, oval to vase shape. A semi-dwarf form of the Zelkova species.

Growing Conditions:
Prefers full sun and moist, deep soil; pH adaptable. Once established very wind and drought tolerant.

Uses:
Compact, dense, and semi-dwarf, this is the perfect little tree for tight urban spaces.

Height:
25' at maturity

Width:
18' at maturity

Shape:
Vase shaped with arching limbs. Reminiscent of American Elm.

Flowers:
Inconspicuous flowers in April with the leaves.

Leaves:
Alternate, simple, oblong-ovate leaves, 2

Bark:
Beautiful, smooth-gray bark with prominent cherry-like lenticels; with age resembles Chinese elm, but does not exfoliate as much.

Native to Japan. Short internodes, fine textured foliage, and a self pruning growth habit make this a low maintenance city tree.