Zelkova serrata ‘Village Green’

Japanese zelkova

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Outstanding Qualities

Zelkova serrata 'Village Green' has the distinctive, broad, vase shape of the typical species but was selected for its rapid growth and smooth, straight trunk. 'Village Green' 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. Reports indicate it is slightly hardier and matures shorter and wider than Zelkova 'Green Vase'.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 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 # 2337 to Princeton Nurseries, Princeton, NJ - January 7, 1964. ‘Village Green’ is an open pollinated seedling. Insignificant small green flowers appear in spring as the foliage emerges. Flowers give way to small, non-showy, ovate, wingless drupes that ripen in autumn.