The Zelkova tree, which is native to Japan, grows widely throughout the islands of Honshuu, Shikoku and Kyuushuu. Used extensively for kuri-nuki-daiko in Japan due to its hard wood and beautiful grain pattern. The best trees for taiko making are reputed to come from the foot of Mt. Haku as well as the Japan alps. Relative of the elm family.

This attractive tree has a vase shaped form when young and a rounded umbrella-like habit when mature.

Botanical Name: Zelkova serrata
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 8
Bloom Time: July – Oct
Height: 50 – 80′
Spread: 40 – 50′