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Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'
(Compact Chinese Elm)


Botanical Name:
Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'

Common Name:
Compact Chinese Elm

Plant Hardiness: Zone 5

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Foliage: Small, dark green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall.

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Habit: Good size upright mounding shrub that is densely branched with a herringbone structure.

Size: 6 to 9 feet tall

Sun Exposure: Sun to partial sun.

Native Habitat: Asia

Other Features: The trunk matures with a deeply fissured corky bark. This plant can be kept smaller with pruning or if grown in a container.

Description: ‘Seiju’ is a branch sport of Ulmus parv. ‘Hokkaido’ but grows much more rapidly. I had one growing by our back porch that reached a size of 3 feet by 2 feet in three to four years. It responded well to my pruning, but became impossible to keep in this location. It still presents a very fascinating well branched little shrub. It has tiny leaves, although not as small as those on ‘Hokkaido’. It has a herringbone-type branch structure. The trunk of this plant has a cork bark, but this is rather hard to see, especially in the summer, as the plant is so heavily branched. Once again, the avid gardener could have a lot of fun with this plant either keeping it as a mounded shrub or thinning it out to give it a more open structure. Although it has very small leaves and thin branches, it still does not give a delicate appearance. As with many other plants, it is hard to describe but I find it extremely fascinating.

 
   

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