Elm Drake

Drake Elm Potted

Drake Elm Potted

Drake Elm Potted

Drake Elm Potted

Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’

Drake Elm, also known as the Chinese Elm, has been used extensively in the urban environment for many years. Its favor with urban foresters is documented by being among the top urban trees recommended for urban plantings in the South and Midwest. The Drake Elm has gained this status because it is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, tolerant of heat drought and wind, thrives in an extensive range of soil pH and is a proven performer in restricted soil spaces.

The proven durability of Drake Elm is not as equally complimented by its natural growth habitat for the urban environment.The cultivar’s rounded canopy, which is often wider than it is tall, is formed by long arching branches that create a masterpiece of graceful charm and beauty extending to the ground.


Drake Elm in the Landscape

Drake Elm in the Landscape

Ornamental Characteristics:

Native Origin:
China

Common Names:
‘Drake’ Chinese Elm, `Drake’ Lacebark Elm

Description:
Hardy Range:   7A to 10A
Mature Height:   40’ to 50’
Mature Spread: 35’ to 50’
Growth Rate:  20 to 30 years to maturity
Form:   Rounded to weeping vase shape
Persistence: Deciduous

Ornamental Characteristics:
Foliage consists of small dark green leaves that disappear when the tree defoliates. Bark exfoliates

Environment:
Soil: Sand, loam, clay; acidic, alkaline; well-drained
Salt: Low
Exposure:  Full sun

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Drake Elm Bark

Drake Elm Bark

Drake Elm Foliage

Drake Elm Foliage