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Upright Zelkova*

Zelkova serrata 'Fastigiata'

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Upright Zelkova (Zelkova serrata 'Fastigiata') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Upright Zelkova

Upright Zelkova

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  70 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Japanese Zelkova


A close relative of the elm, a tall and beautiful tree with a decidedly upswept habit, interesting peeling bark and good fall color; low maintenance and trouble-free, an excellent choice for street plantings or larger landscapes

Ornamental Features

Upright Zelkova has forest green deciduous foliage on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Upright Zelkova 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.

Upright Zelkova is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Upright Zelkova will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium 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. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features