Zelkova and gardening
Filed Under: Health & Science, Lifestyle | Posted: 11/24/2008 at 10:59PM
Comments | Region: United States
Zelkova is a classification of deciduous trees that comprise of six species. Zelkova is part of the elm family Ulmaceae. These trees are mostly in southern Europe and eastern Asia. They come in a range of sizes from shrubs to big trees that are as tall as 35m.
Zelkova serrata is sometimes referred to as Japanese Zelkova. It was first identified as a replacement for the elm that were dying off in the U.S. The tree is unique in the sense that it has earned a name for being a versatile, and attractive tree. In comparison to the American elm, the Zelkova is resistant to Dutch elm disease.
The nice thing about the Zelkova is that they are moderate in size. And this makes them excellent for residential yards. Additionally, they are also well suited as street trees because they have a vase-like look with branches turning outward beyond a short trunk.
Zelkova are also know to grow very quickly. They can double in height in about 5 years. In the first ten years, they can reach up to 30 feet. These trees are great for suburban and coastal areas. If they are well taken care of, they are known to thrive.
With regard to foliage, leaves are bright green. They are oval in shape and the leaf looks almost like the elm leaf. The Zelkova leaf is a strong green in the spring and summer, while turning yellow, orange, red, or brown and sometimes bronze red in the fall.
When buying a Zelkova, you need to be keep an eye out for detail. If the branches of the Zelkova are bunched up together on the trunk at a single point, you should not get it. Although it is hard to find, insist on buying Zelkova trees that have branches that are more spread out. If they are spaced out along the trunk, they can develop a strong hold on the trunk.
Some of the special features of the Zelkova include the following: The Zelkova is a large shade tree and can be used as a focal point tree. The vase-shaped tree has several ornamental features like an ornamental bark, clean summer foliage, fall color, and fine-textured twigs. The Zelkova is propagated by seeds, grafting, and rooted stem cuttings.