Gold Falls™ Zelkova

Zelkova serrata 'Gold Falls'

A graceful and stately tree with a unique weeping characteristic within its upright, vase-shaped form. Serrated leaves are deep green in summer, turning to a wonderful golden fall color before dropping. Attractive ornamental bark develops with age. Quite tolerant of urban conditions. Excellent fast growing shade, street tree, or focal point specimen. Deciduous.
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Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.

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Botanical PronunciationZEL-koh-vuh sair-AY-tuh
Average Size at MaturityFast grower, 50 - 65 ft. tall, 25 - 30 ft. wide
Bloom TimeInsignificant flowers in spring.
Design IdeasThis outstanding shade tree is truly underutilized in modern landscapes. Lovely as a single specimen, or planted in a small grove. Perfect for country fenced yards or in the mountains, where it will stand out brightly against conifers. Tuck away in the far back corner of the landscape, where its fall color will crisply stand out. Popular as a superior replacement for the American Elm.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseMass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Fall Color, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly in extreme heat for best performance. Requires less water once established.

Prefers moist, well-drained soil; adaptable to most soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates heat and drought when established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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