Ulmus parvifolia

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Ulmaceae
Common name: Drake Elm

General Information (1,2)

Region of Origin: China, Korea, Japan
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 40-50 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Flowering: August to September
  • Fruiting: September to October

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2)

  • Arrangement: Alternate
  • Simple/Compound: Simple
  • Shape: Elliptic to ovate
  • Other: 0.75-2.5 inches long, pubescent

Stem/Bark (1,2)

  • Color: Gray, brown, orange, green
  • Texture: Exfoliating

(Photo by Courtney Sayre)

Flower (2)

  • Other: In inconspicuous axillary clusters

Fruit (1)

  • Fruit type: Samara
  • Size: 1/3 inch

Horticultural Information (1)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Maintenance: Easy to care for
  • Landscape Uses: Shade tree

Interesting Facts (1)

  • Can be invasive


1) Christman, S. (October, 2000 22). Ulmus parvifolia. Retrieved from http://www.floridata.com/ref/U/ulmu_par.cfm
2) Dirr, M. (1998). Ulmus parvifolia. (5th ed.). Champaign, Illinois: Stipes Publishing L.L.C.

Prepared by Courtney Sayre as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek