Summer 2021

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Trees to Consider: Lacebark Elm

The Lacebark Elm, also known as Chinese Elm, is versatile and handsome tree that is truly the perfect tree for any location. It is disease resistant and tolerant of nearly any soil condition. Lacebark Elms can be found on the edge of busy sidewalks or in large open spaces. It is a low maintenance tree that doesn’t need constant care and is resistant to diseases and pests, like Dutch Elm Disease, that plague other American and European elms. We particularly appreciate its smaller size in maturity and tolerance to urban environments.

Latin Name: Ulmus parvifolia

Common Name: Lacebark Elm, Chinese Elm.

Tree Type: This tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.

Sun and Water Requirements: Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree. It prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Expected growth: The Lacebark Elm grows to a height of 40–50' and a spread of 35–45' at maturity. It grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year..

Foliage: Produces dark, glossy green leave with serrated leaf margins. Fall color ranges from yellow to purple.

Landscape Value: In addition to being hardy and manageable, the Lacebark Elm is also a very beautiful tree that adds incredible ornamental value to any landscape. In spring and summer, thick, glossy leaves cover the rounded canopy of the tree. The leaves turn deep yellow and sometimes purple in fall. Named for the unique characteristics of its bark, the Lacebark Elm presents mesmerizing patterns and colors on its bark throughout the year. As the tree matures its bark takes on an array of colors like brown, gray, orange, green and cream.



Lower Westchester County, NY and New York City

58 Beechwood Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801



Upper Westchester (North of I-287)

15 Broadway, Hawthorne, NY 10532



Fairfield County, Connecticut

547 Hope Street, Stamford CT 06907



Bergen & Passaic Counties, NJ

504 High Mountain Road, North Haledon, NJ 07508



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