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King's Choice Elm*

Ulmus parvifolia 'King's Choice'

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King's Choice Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'King's Choice') at Alsip Home and Nursery

King's Choice Elm

King's Choice Elm

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

Height:  45 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm


A very fast-growing shade tree with an upright oval and spreading habit of growth, great for larger properties and street plantings, turns yellow in fall

Ornamental Features

King's Choice Elm has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

King's Choice Elm 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.

King's Choice Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

King's Choice Elm will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast 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, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


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

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