Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall, 40 to 45 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:ULL-mus par-vi-FOH-li-a
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
Growth habit:Round, Weeping
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast grower to 30 to 35 ft. tall, 40 to 45 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Flower color:Red
Design IdeasThis is a fine shade tree for lawn or patio. Its weeping form and the shredding bark of older trees make it an interesting addition to the garden. Use it as a focal point.
Companion PlantsNear East Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Near East') is an upright contrast to the weeping form of the elm, and offers soft pink flowers in summer. Plant a swath of Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') to mirror the tree form, but provide rosy-red foliage color. Spring Bouquet (Viburnum tinus 'Compactum') makes a fine hedge companion.
Care Information
Follow 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:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
Chinese elm is also known as lacebark elm due to the detailed patenation of the bark. Though it is a native of Asia, 'Drake' is a cultivar of American origin.
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.