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City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planting in a landscape with blazing yellow-orange fall color
A closeup of the dark green, oval shaped leaves of the City Sprite Japanese Zelkova
City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planting in a landscape with dark green foliage
City Sprite Japanese Zelkova green-leafed trees planted alongside a street underneath power lines
A dormant City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planted in the ground at dusk, where you can clearly see the dense branching structure
A dormant City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planted in the ground against the blue ski, where you can clearly see the dense branching structure covered in a layer of frost
City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planting in a landscape with blazing yellow-orange fall color
A closeup of the dark green, oval shaped leaves of the City Sprite Japanese Zelkova
City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planting in a landscape with dark green foliage
City Sprite Japanese Zelkova green-leafed trees planted alongside a street underneath power lines
A dormant City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planted in the ground at dusk, where you can clearly see the dense branching structure
A dormant City Sprite Japanese Zelkova planted in the ground against the blue ski, where you can clearly see the dense branching structure covered in a layer of frost

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 20-24' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-18' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 15-18' apart

PINT-SIZED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC ZELKOVA WITH PHENOMENAL FALL COLOR

FEATURES:

  • Dark green leaves turn a fiery orange-yellow in fall
  • The City Sprite® quickly grows into a dense, compact tree the requires little pruning 
  • With its tough constitution, this pint-sized Zelkova is a wonderful street tree option
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

City Sprite® Japanese Zelkova

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Zelkova serrata 'JFS-KW1' PP20,996

Regular price $925.00
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Why the City Sprite® Japanese Zelkova?

Honey, I shrunk the Zelkova! City Sprite® is a much-reduced version of the elegant Japanese shade tree. The result is an adorable lollipop-shaped accent tree that fits into many landscapes where the original would loom too large. It grows quickly, making a sizable canopy in no time, and the growth is dense and compact without any pruning. What’s more, although City Sprite® is cute as a button, it’s also tough as nails. Heat and humidity, frigid winters (to -20°F), wind, de-icing salts, dry soils, compacted soils, alkaline soils, and air pollution are no problem for this tough, streetwise tree!

The Japanese Zelkova is a stately forest tree native to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and northeast China. It belongs to the Elm family and has a similar leaf and vase-like habit. Many arborists even recommend Zelkova as a replacement for the American Elm, because it offers a similar look and is resistant to Dutch Elm disease. City Sprite® was discovered by Keith Warren of J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Boring, Oregon, in 2001. Warren examined thousands of Zelkova seedlings, looking for something different. Even as a young seedling, City Sprite® stood out from the rest with its compressed growth habit, and he knew he had something special. He patented it in 2008.

How to use in the landscape?

For many, the City Sprite® Japanese Zelkova would be worthy of a place in the landscape by virtue of its compact size and its toughness alone. However, this charmer has another great feature: awesome fall color! When the days turn cool and crisp, City Sprite’s bright green foliage becomes a wonderful, luminous yellow.

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.

How To Plant

City Sprite® Japanese Zelkova is an easy-to-please tree that all gardeners will succeed with, provided its few simple needs are met. Plant this tree in a sunny location, as shade will cause it to lose its nice, tight habit. It isn’t picky about soil, but it doesn’t like “wet feet”—excess water must drain away after a rain. It will be relatively drought tolerant in subsequent years. City Sprite® responds to an annual fertilization with our Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. Pests and diseases are of no concern.

How To Water

They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting and during the establishment period to help your tree develop a strong root system. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.

How To Fertilize

During fall, feed your Zelkova Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs.

How To Prune

Pruning will seldom be necessary, but it is, they should be pruned so that dead branches and twigs that may be diseased can be removed. Do not compost any disease branches, dispose of them appropriately in the garbage.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zones: 5-8

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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

90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:

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).

How?

Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat

3-YEAR-TREE GUARANTEE:

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 BowerandBranch.com 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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