Chinese Evergreen Elm
Chinese Evergreen Elm
Ulmus parvifolia 'Sempervirens'Item #7324 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Medium-sized tree; semi-evergreen depending on climate. Round-headed, weeping habit formed by arching branches. Finely-toothed, small green leaves retained until new leaves develop.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderately fast-growing to 40 to 50 ft. high, 50 to 60 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ULL-mus par-vi-FOH-li-aPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderately fast-growing to 40 to 50 ft. high, 50 to 60 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:RedDesign IdeasThe interesting spreading and weeping form of this tree makes it a fine choice of shade tree for the lawn or patio. It is a tough and beautiful tree that is tolerant of urban conditions.Companion PlantsPair this tree with an arbor or fence covered in Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine (Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty'). A hedge of Compact Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compactum') is a striking companion with its pink flowers. The mounding form of Miss Huff Hardy Lantana (Lantana camara 'Miss Huff') mirrors the tree's form, and also offers pink and orange flowers.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This species is native to China and Japan and was classified by Austrian botanist, Nicolaus Jacquin. It's early introduction to the west in 1794 suggests it was likely collected by the Jesuit d'Incarville and sent to France overland through the botanic garden at St. Petersburg.Lore:Chinese elm has been a common replacement tree for the American elms destroyed by killer Dutch elm disease that has decimated the street trees of most older neighborhoods.