University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

Also commonly called lacebark elm. A freely branching, symmetrical deciduous tree with a slightly weeping, spreading, open canopy. The simple leaves, lopsided at the base, have crenate margins and are alternately arranged, leathery, shiny dark green and elliptic to ovate in shape. The exfoliating bark is very showy and the young branches are thinly pubescent.