28. Zelkova serrata – Japanese Zelkova
Scientific Name: Zelkova serrata
Nativity: Japan, Korea, eastern China, and Taiwan
This tree is often used in bonsai, a form of Japanese art that grows trees in containers. As an eastern relative of the American elm, it is often substituted for elms because of its resistance to Dutch elm disease. The species name serrata means “saw-toothed,” referring to its serrated leaf margins. Close-grained wood make the Japanese zelkova a popular timber tree used to make fine furniture.
DBH: 14.7 inches