Lacebark Elm

The Lacebark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) from Japan, Korea, and China can be found near locations such as the University of Maryland’s Severn Building. One of the most significant features of the Lacebark Elm is its bark, which has characteristics that are much different than other elm trees. The bark has a mottled quality and a variety of colors that make up the tree. The build of this tree reaches about 40 to 50 feet in its length and 25 to 40 feet in its width, and is perfect for use on a street or for shade. The Lacebark Elm can grow in a variety of soil and environmental conditions, but prefers the soil to be moist and have sunlight present. The tree is known to grow at a fast rate, and as seen through pictures or when you walk by, once it grows and the leaves are present there is a full look to it which makes it so simple yet spectacular.

The Lacebark Elm grows flowers during the summer that have a green and red color to them and then presents a samara seed. The leaves that hang from the tree can reach lengths up to 3 inches long and are usually a green color but in the fall, they have a yellow, red, and purple color. It was ranked as having a medium amount of maintenance needs by the Missouri Botanical Garden with not too many major concerns, especially when it comes to diseases or pests. A few issues that it may face include the branches breaking, cankers, rot, wilt, and leaf spots. In contrast to other elms, the Lacebark Elm resists Dutch Elm Disease, and the pests Japanese Beetle and Elm Leaf Beetle. The Lacebark Elm tree is one that is simple, yet offers characteristics such as its bark and its ability to not be affected by certain threats which makes it stand out.

Written by Cameron Smith, Intern


Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2018, from

Ulmus parvifolia. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2018, from