Ulmus parvifolia 'Seiju'
Common Name: Chinese elm
Type: Tree
Family: Ulmaceae
Zone: 4 to 9
Height: 2.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: August
Bloom Description: Reddish
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Insignificant
Tolerate: Drought, Clay Soil, Air Pollution


Easily grown in average, consistently moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Species is noted for tolerating wide range of soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Native to China, Korea and Japan, Ulmus parvifolia, commonly known as Chinese elm or lacebark elm, is a deciduous tree that typically grows to 60’ tall with a rounded crown. It is noted for its elliptic, toothed, glossy, dark green leaves (to 2.5” long), mottled bark and resistance to Dutch elm disease. Small reddish flowers in late summer. Seeds in fall. ‘Seiju’is a dwarf cultivar that is primarily used for rock gardens and bonsai. It is a sport of Ulmus parvifolia ‘Hokkaido that features slightly larger leaves and a faster growth rate. Over time it may reach 10’ tall. Bark becomes corky with age.


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Bonsai. Rock gardens.