Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’

Japanese zelkova

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Outstanding Qualities

Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' has the distinctive, broad, vase shape of the typical species but grows almost twice as fast. 'Green Vase' has all of the other desirable characteristics of the species, including a wonderful scaffold of branches for a great winter silhouette, medium-sized, dark green leaves that turn soft yellow, orange and russet in autumn. This is a fine tree for the urban landscape as it has a high tolerance for wind, pollution, drought and compacted soils. Using a cultivar such as this one is effective when a consistent avenue of trees is desired.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering to drought tolerant

Seasonal Interest: colorful autumn foliage

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, burgundy, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, blue, chartreuse

Culture Notes
Japanese zelkova will grow best in moist to well-drained soil, but it will tolerate sandy sites and clay if the drainage is adequate. Plant it in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Once established it is drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed other than removing dead, broken or poorly formed limbs.
Geek Notes
U.S. Plant Patent # 5080 to Princeton Nurseries, Allentown, NJ - 1983