The Lacebark Elm grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
Considered a handsome and very durable tree, the Lacebark Elm is attractive as a street tree because of its ability to grow in adverse conditions and its relative freedom from the diseases that have ravaged many other Elm species.
This graceful tree has a rounded crown adorned with lustrous dark green leaves changing to yellow and reddish purple in fall. Adapts to many soil conditions. Lacebark Elm is a tough and durable tree for any situation. Medium to fast growing. Grows 40' to 50' with 40' spread. (Zones 5-9)
The Lacebark Elm provides nesting sites for small animals and birds.
This landscape standout earned the name Lacebark Elm for its distinctive bark, which is mottled instead of ridged as in other Elms, and often creates colorful patterns in its tree trunk. A native of China, Korea and Japan, the tree was introduced to America in 1794.
This tree has normal moisture requirements, with some flood tolerance and drought resistance.
Leaves are a dark, glossy green and range from 3/4 to 2 inches long and are the smallest of the elms.
Young leaves are hairy beneath and glossy above. Foliage is somewhat leathery at maturity.
Leaves have serrate, rather than doubly serrate, leaf margins. Leaf bases are uneven.
Fall color ranges from yellow to purple and is unusually good when compared to other elms.
Green, not noteworthy.
The fruit is oval, 1/2 inch long, brown, fairly noticeable.