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Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’ (Musashino columnar zelkova)

Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’

According to Klyn Nursery, “Introduced to the North American nursery trade in 2000 by Frank Schmidt & Son Co., who describe it as a “landscape exclamation mark”. The upright branches and tightly columnar form make the tree ideal for tight places. It is ideally suited for narrow street plantings, wind breaks, and privacy screens. It was voted The Society of Municipal Arborists’ 2016 Urban Tree of the Year and was recently introduced from Japan, where it has been used in urban landscapes.  ‘Murashino’ is said to leaf out a bit earlier in the spring than other Zelkova varieties, but the new foliage seems to tolerate light frost. Additionally, leaves are just 3 inches in length on average, reducing the need for raking/leaf cleanup in the fall. They prefer moist, well-drained soil, but can also tolerate drought and are pH adaptable. 

Size: Medium

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