May 1, 2005
Japanese Zelkova
Fourteen were planted at Borough Hall in Metuchen, NJ. Let's watch them grow!


Zelkova Neighbors
Julie's Trees


Click the
landscape map
to see the

Facts at a Glance
Zelkova serrata

Planted July 2004
14 trees planted
Planting height: 15'
Planting trunk: 2"

2008 Update 
1 tree died
Replacement planted
in 2009

2010 Update
(avg 13 original trees)
6-yr height: 19' 
6-yr trunk: 15" 

Mature Height: 55 to 80'
Spread: 50 to 75'
Growth rate: Moderate
Form: Vase
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Fall color: Yellow to red
Hardiness zone: 5 - 8
Culture: Sun

Best feature: 
Good for street planting

Worst problem:
Branches need structural pruning

Do over? Yes

Guarded Progress at Metuchen Borough Hall

'Fred' Can't Scare Me!


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Japanese Zelkova


Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver


When first planted.

Click the picture at left to see the Borough Hall Zelkova Journal. This page shows other zelkova trees in Metuchen.


April 24, 2006: Mature zelkova
at the playground, ground fog after
a thunderstorm.


Same tree, Nov. 6, 2005


April 16, 2006: Under the zelkova at the Easter Sunrise Service,
First Presbyterian Church, Metuchen.


The fall colors of these zelkovas along
Lake Avenue in 2004 prove that zelkovas are fickle when it comes to fall!


July 2004: Just after the zelkova trees at borough hall were planted.
Click over to the growth chart and the Borough Hall journal to follow their progress.


For Julie's detailed comments about zelkova trees, see the zelkova fact page
See the Borough Hall Zelkova growth chart
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry

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