Allee Lacebark Elm planted in a landscape showing the abundance of green leaves and the shade that is created
A closeup of the Allee Lacebark Elm's patchwork-like yellow, cream, and brown bark
Allee Lacebark Elm planted in a landscape showing the abundance of green leaves and the shade that is created
A closeup of the Allee Lacebark Elm's patchwork-like yellow, cream, and brown bark

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 70' tall
  • Mature Width: 55' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 50-60' apart



  • Regal tree with arching branches and a full shaped head
  • Small, dark green leaflets turn a brilliant bronze-red in the fall
  • Added bonus: leaf cleanup fast and easy due to the small leaves
  • The bark exfoliates in small patches, exposing a mixture of grays, greens and oranges
  • Tough and tolerant of urban conditions, as well as disease resistant 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Allee® Lacebark Elm

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Ulmus parvifolia 'Emer II' PP7,552

Regular price $995.00
Our Crop is Still Growing - Est. Shipping Month Oct.
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Why the Allee® Lacebark Elm?

Allée® Chinese Elm is a majestic, fast-growing shade tree that you should seriously consider planting if you have the room. This isn’t the junky Siberian Elm tree that some bargain-basement nurseries sell as "Chinese Elm," but the quality tree also known as “Lacebark Elm.” Allée® is a regal tree with lofty, arching branches and a beautiful fluted trunk. It’s as tough as it is handsome, coping well with city conditions when planted in the urban landscape. Use it to line your street or driveway (as in an “allée") or to shade your deck or patio. As a bonus, Allée® Elm leaves are small, making fall clean-up a breeze!

Chinese Elm can be found in the wild in China, Japan, and Korea. It has long been a favored species for bonsai. Westerners took an early liking to the plant, and Europeans have been growing it in their gardens since before the 18th Century.  Allée® (pronounced al-LAY) originated on the campus of the University of Georgia. Tree expert Michael Dirr was teaching there, noticed the 70-year-old tree, and knew that with its majestic vase shape and jigsaw-puzzle bark, it would be a hit. He introduced it in 1989.

How to use in the landscape?

Allee Lacebark Elm is truly a one-of-a-kind specimen. Although not the traditional American Elm, this outstanding tree deserves a chance to be used as its substitute. Rich green leaves, fine branching, high resistance to Dutch Elm disease and Elm beetles make it an exceptional choice to provide shade in your lawn. Best of all is the decorative, puzzle-like pattern that develops on the trunk and branches, displaying patches of grays, greens, and oranges.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-9

    Mature Height: 25' tall

    Mature Width: 35' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 30-40' apart

How To Plant

Lacebark Elms grow to be large trees with the most excellent exfoliating bark we have ever seen! This fast-grower is the best cultivar of all Elms because of its nice fall color, nice growth habit, that excellent exfoliating bark, and a good track record of disease resistance. Lacebark Elms do well in a range of soil conditions as long as they are moist and well-drained. They like to be planted in full sun and have a high level of drought tolerance as well. Lacebark Elms are not difficult to maintain at all. Lacebark Elms may have the occasional visit from Japanese Beetles, but they aren’t a major concern. The Lacebark Elm also develops some surface roots over time, meaning that planting directly under the tree is probably not going to happen very successfully. But the surface roots do have that same excellent exfoliating bark as the rest of the tree.

How To Water

They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

For the first 3 years or so, give your Elm Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer, preferably once in the fall. This helps your tree produce healthy new growth for the following growing season.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-9


How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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