Musashino Columnar Zelkova

Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’

Alternate Name: Musashino Japanese Zelkova

The Musashino Japanese 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. Zelkova originated 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 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 Japanese 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 Zelkova.

Height: 40-45 ft.

Width: 15 ft.

Shape: Columnar

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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: Ulmus 'New Horizon' (New Horizon Elm), Ulmus ‘Morton’ (Accolade Elm), Ulmus americana 'Princeton' (Princeton Elm), Ulmus x carp. 'Frontier' (Frontier Elm), Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’ (Triumph Elm), Ulmus x wilsoniana 'Prospector' (Prospector Elm), Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' (Green Vase Japanese Zelkova)

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