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Characteristics: Deciduous tree to 30 m
Seeds per packets: 25
The fast growth rate, the attractive autumn foliage colour and the ability to reduce leave size quite substantially have made this species a favourite bonsai subject.
Zelkova serrata is a highly ornamental deciduous tree with a short trunk dividing into many upright and erect spreading stems forming a broad, round-topped head. Smooth grey bark that starts to exfoliate when the tree matures. Leaves are simple and alternate, which in autumn turn yellow, then orange or red before dropping off.
Native to Japan, Korea, eastern China and Taiwan.
It is very adaptable to most soil type but prefers a rich, moist well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
Cold stratify in the refrigerator 30-60 days or can be over wintered in the garden in colder climates.