Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm, Drake Elm 'Drake'

Ulmus parvifolia

Family: Ulmaceae (ulm-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ulmus (ULM-us) (Info)
Species: parvifolia (par-vee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Drake



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Florida

Melbourne, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Port Richey, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

New Orleans, Louisiana

Ventress, Louisiana

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

North, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 9, 2013, Hillystre from Ocala, FL wrote:

I have two growing in my front yard. One male and one female both are about 20 years old and around 20ft high. Beautiful with drooping branches that sway in the lightest of breeze. I receive many comments on how nice they looked.


On May 3, 2012, Nefitara from Port Richey, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of my favorite trees ever. It's color is a perfect shade of green and the way the branches sort of weep over is beautiful! Give area great shade and the bark is awesome! Does shed all leaves in winter and will become bare.


On Jan 22, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

We originally planted this tree when it was a small sapling out in our front yard where it received direct sun all day. For two years it didn't grow a bit, so we dug it up and replaced it with a live oak. We put this tree in the back yard where it received sun and part shade and was able to water it more often. The darn thing took off after that. It seems to be compact tree and has a beautiful bark that molts exposing new red under the gray old bark. It drops helicopter seedlings in spring that make a mess. Sometimes it will have a bit of fall color is conditions are just right before losing all the leaves, but usually it just drops them within a couple weeks. I give this tree a neutral because it will send shooters from the roots up in other places. I really wouldn't recommend this tree f... read more


On Oct 25, 2009, uglysteve from Apache Junction, AZ wrote: