Approximately 500 Seeds available as of March 26, 2013.
Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 91%; Where Harvested (location) - China
Lacebark Elm, also known as the Chinese Elm or Drake Elm, has the most beautiful bark - green, gray, orange and brown mottled and flaking in small thin plates. This is a handsome tree, often with a trunk that forks and produces a vase shape similar to American Elm. The Lacebark Elm usually gets no more than 40-50 ft tall. The leaves are typical elm leaves - about 2 in long, elliptic, toothed, conspicuously veined and with unequal bases. Lacebark Elm is tardily deciduous, almost evergreen in mild climates. Most elms produce their little winged "samaras" in the spring; this one fruits in the fall. The samaras are flat and papery, about 1/3 in across and rather showy hanging in dense clusters. Lacebark Elm is native to China, Korea and Japan. Lacebark Elm is a fast growing tree that is adaptable to most soil types. It likes full sun to partial shade. The Lacebark Elm is not as tolerant of drought as Siberian elm. Most of the elms make great shade and avenue trees and the Lacebark Elm is one of the best. This is a good replacement for American elm which is apparently going extinct due to Dutch elm disease. Foliage in autumn often turns shades of red and purple. With its multi-colored exfoliating bark, Lacebark Elm is especially attractive in winter. Also makes a great bonsai. The Lacebark Elm is cold hardy to USDA zone 5.
Recommended Planting Instructions:
Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold Stratify for 90 days.
Germination: Sow seed 1/16" deep, tamp soil, and mulch seed bed. Other: Don't get the seed to wet during germination or it can rot, keep it on the dryer side.