Woody Plant Profile: Ulmus parvifolia

Author: Katherine Castillo

Features: Chinese elm has an exfoliating bark which exposes a lighter bark beneath giving it a unique appearance8. Its pendulous branches add to this unique appearance8. These features also give this tree winter aesthetics.

Siting: Chinese Elm, also known as Lacebark Elm, is tolerate of urban soils and extreme pH levels8. This tree can be used almost anywhere in a landscape since it is very adaptable8.

Care: Chinese elm grows best in fertile, well-drained soil and in full sun8. Plant so root flare is visible at soil surface14. At planting, water the root ball daily with two gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for two weeks, every other day for two months and then weekly until established. Modify water recommendations to reflect site drainage and rainfall. Apply 3" of mulch over the planted area. Do not allow mulch to touch the trunk14.

Pests: Chinese Elm is susceptible to Dutch elm disease, elm leaf, and Japanese beetles8. Chinese Elm is more resistant to these diseases than other elms8.

This plant does not appear on the following invasive plant lists on (10/9/2018)

USDA SC Invasive Plant Species Web site at http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/plants/main.shtml

SC Exotic Plant Pest Council Web site at http://www.se-eppc.org/southcarolina/

Sources may be viewed at the Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Garden Web page: https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/demo/sources.html

Katherine Castillo, Clemson Horticulture major, is a student in Dr. Vincent’s HORT 3080 Sustainable Landscape Garden Design, Installation, and Maintenance class.


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