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Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

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Lacebark Elm

Ulmus parvifolia

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Attractive Bark
Bird Friendly
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Ulmus parvifolia

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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun



The Lacebark Elm Tree is a top-rated ornamental shade tree, free of the disease problems of older types of elm. It quickly develops into a tree 40 feet tall, with a full, rounded drown of dark green leaves about 30 feet across, and a graceful habit. The fall color of yellow and red are good, but the bark is the big feature. The gray older bark is constantly flaking and peeling, revealing big patches of inner bark, colored cream, brown, orange or green. This beautiful mottled pattern is ever-changing, and always eye-catching and appealing. As a shade tree for urban gardens this is an especially good choice.

  • Top-quality graceful shade tree
  • Striking bark, flaking to reveal cream, orange, brown and green
  • Neat foliage with good yellow to red fall colors
  • Develops well even in partial shade
  • Very reliable for urban conditions

The Lacebark Elm Tree will grow anywhere from zone 4 to 9, and it tolerates partial shade, making it a great addition to a garden with existing trees. It grows almost anywhere, preferring moist but well-drained soil, but adapting well to both wetter and drier conditions, and growing in any soil at all that is not permanently wet. It is completely resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, elm leaf beetles and Japanese beetles, and it normally has no disease problems, making it a great choice for easy, trouble-free gardening. Don’t confuse it with the much-inferior Siberian elm (also sometimes called Chinese elm) – the Lacebark Elm is a top-quality and very desirable tree to plant and grow.

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