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Drake Elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake'

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Drake Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake') at Rainbow Gardens

Drake Elm

Drake Elm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Drake Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake') at Rainbow Gardens

Drake Elm bark

Drake Elm bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Drake Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake') at Rainbow Gardens

Drake Elm foliage

Drake Elm foliage

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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm

Description:

A beautiful semi-evergreen shade or street tree for distinguished landscapes, with a spreading canopy and stunning mottled bark in brown, gray and orange, very attractive in winter; fall colors of red, purple, or yellow; evergreen in warmer regions

Ornamental Features

Drake Elm has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The mottled brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Drake Elm is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Drake Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Drake Elm will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.