Drake Chinese Elm Tree (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’)

Drake Chinese Elm Tree


What is Drake Chinese Elm Tree

Known for its adaptability and ease, the Drake Chinese Elm Tree boasts a moderately fast but manageable growth rate, stunning shape and nearly-evergreen foliage. It’s a classic shade tree in every way but with even more benefits.

For starters, the Drake Chinese Elm is wonderfully versatile and adaptable. It excels whether it’s planted for shade, as a street barrier or simply a specimen focal point, especially since it’s tolerant of drought and pollution. You’ll get the promise of green hues in summer, blazing yellows in fall and visually interesting bark in the winter.

But the best part of the Drake Elm is that, because it’s a proven performer, it’s consistent in both size and shape. This tree has been nurtured by certified ornamental horticulturists, so you can be certain of its fine quality. Finally, since it’s been grown and shipped in its existing pot, roots intact, it’s ready to perform spectacularly when it arrives to your door.

The Drake Elm Tree: Golden State-grown specifically for California landscapes. Its healthful, happy origin means it’s ready to flourish in your own landscape.

Planting & Care

Planting Instructions

Before planting, it’s important to choose a location with enough space to accommodate the size of your Drake Chinese Elm. Furthermore, your Drake should be planted in a sunny spot (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) with well-drained soil.

After you’ve selected a suitable location, dig a hole that’s at least two to three times wider than your tree’s root ball. Once you’ve placed your Drake Elm, back fill its soil, tamp down to avoid air pockets and lastly, water to help establish its roots.

Following planting, simply water and monitor – that’s it. No fertilizer or pruning needed.


The Drake Elm is super easy to grow, but an adequate watering schedule is important. Water your tree regularly during the growing season (approximately one thorough watering each week is fine).

But if you’re not sure when to water your Drake, simply check its surrounding soil, down to around 2 or 3 inches. If the soil in this area is dry, it’s time to water.

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How to Grow and Care for Drake Chinese Elm Tree

Drake Chinese Elm Tree (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 6-9 outdoors

Drake Chinese Elm Tree (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’) Details

Common name Drake Chinese Elm Tree
Botanical name Ulmus parvifolia 'Drake'
Plant type Shade Trees
Hardiness zone 6-9 outdoors
Growth rate Medium
Height 30-40 ft.
Width 30-40 ft.