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Goshiki Variegated Zelkova

Zelkova serrata 'Goshiki'

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Goshiki Variegated Zelkova (Zelkova serrata 'Goshiki') at North Branch Nursery

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova

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Goshiki Variegated Zelkova (Zelkova serrata 'Goshiki') at North Branch Nursery

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova foliage

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Japanese Zelkova


A smaller shade tree with a vase shaped habit that will become more rounded with age; showy leaves are splashed and streaked with white, turning copper-burgundy in fall; quite hardy, with low maintenance; an excellent choice for street plantings

Ornamental Features

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova has white-variegated forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova 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.

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Goshiki Variegated Zelkova will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. 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. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features