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Emerald Flair Elm

Ulmus parvifolia 'JFS-Barrett'

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Emerald Flair Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'JFS-Barrett') at North Branch Nursery

Emerald Flair Elm

Emerald Flair Elm

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Emerald Flair Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'JFS-Barrett') at North Branch Nursery

Emerald Flair Elm bark

Emerald Flair Elm bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm


An exceptional shade tree with an upright vase-shaped form, excellent branching structure that resists breakage in storms; glossy rich green leaves turn bright red to orange-red in fall; flaking bark is interesting; resistant to disease

Ornamental Features

Emerald Flair Elm has forest green foliage throughout the season. The small glossy pointy leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The mottled dark gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Emerald Flair Elm is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Emerald Flair Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Emerald Flair Elm will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features