Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’ – Musashino Columnar Zelkova

Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’

Alternate Name: Musashino Japanese Zelkova

The Musashino Columnar Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’) is a fast growing, medium sized, columnar deciduous tree with an upright, compact, dense growth habit. It is a fairly new cultivar that was introduced in the US less than 20 years ago. Japanese Zelkova originates in eastern China, Japan, and Taiwan and is prized for its elegant growth pattern, clean foliage, and attractive bark.

‘Musashino’ is the narrowest cultivar of the Japanese Zelkova and is perfect for planting as a street tree along narrow boulevards, with the canopy growing high enough to clear pedestrians walking underneath. The Musashino Japanese Zelkova is also a useful tree to use as a screen in small landscapes. It grows to a height of 40–45 feet with a spread of 15 feet.

Its leaves are mid-green, narrow, and elliptical in shape with attractive serrated margins. In the fall, the foliage turns various shades of glowing yellow, orange, and red.

The Musashino Columnar Zelkova is a tough and adaptable specimen that is tolerant of road salt, urban pollution, and heat. It is more drought tolerant than other varieties of Japanese Zelkova.


Height: 40-45 ft.
Width: 15 ft.
Shape: Columnar
Flower Color: N/A
Flowering Time: N/A
Fall Color: Orange, Red, Yellow
Features: Adaptable street tree, narrow elegant form
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers moist and well-drained soils. Tolerant of a range of pH soils, soil types, and drought.
Growth Rate: Moderate-Fast
USDA Zones: 5-9
Uses: Street tree, screening tree, tree for small landscapes
Similar Trees: Green Vase® Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’), New Horizon Elm (Ulmus ‘New Horizon’), Princeton Elm (Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’), Prospector Elm (Ulmus x wilsoniana ‘Prospector’), Frontier Elm (Ulmus x carp. ‘Frontier’), Accolade™ Elm (Ulmus ‘Morton’ ), Triumph™ Elm (Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’)

Additional information



Flower Color


Flowering Time


Fall Color

Orange, Red, Yellow

Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Screening, Small Landscapes, Street Tree

USDA Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Mature Height


Mature Width



Full Sun, Partial Sun

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