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Japanese Zelkova 

Zelkova serrata Thunb. Mak.

Height 15-20 m (50-60 feet)

Leaves 3-5cm (1-2 inches)

Japanese Zelkova - Zelkova serrata
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Native to Japan, this medium-sized tree has the vase-shaped form typical of American elms.  Its tolerance of Dutch elm disease has made it a popular choice to replace disease-stricken populations.  It flourishes in almost any good soil preferring a deep, well-drained moist loam. 

Fast-growing, its leaves are slender and 3-5 cm long with 8-14 veins per side ending in a single sharp tooth.  

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