Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: stratification improves germination, but is not required
Looking for a stunning tree that will add unique beauty to your garden? Look no further than Zelkova carpinifolia, also known as the Caucasian Zelkova or Elm Zelkova. This medium-sized to large deciduous tree boasts a highly distinctive vase-shape crown and a short broad trunk that divides into numerous nearly erect branches. Its dark green elm-like leaves are 4-10 cm long and 2.5-6 cm broad, with serrated margins and 7-12 teeth on each side. In the fall, the leaves turn a rich shade of red before falling off for the winter. The flaking bark adds an interesting texture to the tree's appearance. Native to the Caucasus, Kaçkar, and Alborz mountains in the extreme southeast of Europe and southwest Asia, this tree is primarily grown as an ornamental tree in Europe and more rarely in North America. It is a great addition to any garden, adding a beautiful, unique shape and texture that will be sure to make it stand out. So, why wait? Bring home the beauty of the Caucasian Zelkova today!