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Looking up into a large Green Vase Japanese Zelkova covered in bright green leaves
A Green Vase Japanese Zelkova planted in a landscape with the green foliage beginning to show a bit of fall red to orange color
Green Vase Japanese Zelkova view from under the bright green canopy up toward a blue sky
A closeup of the Green Vase Japanese Zelkova orange-red colored fall leaves
A singular Green Vase Japanese Zelkova green leaf on white
Green Vase Japanese Zelkova oval shaped, green leaves on white
Looking up into a large Green Vase Japanese Zelkova covered in bright green leaves
A Green Vase Japanese Zelkova planted in a landscape with the green foliage beginning to show a bit of fall red to orange color
Green Vase Japanese Zelkova view from under the bright green canopy up toward a blue sky
A closeup of the Green Vase Japanese Zelkova orange-red colored fall leaves
A singular Green Vase Japanese Zelkova green leaf on white
Green Vase Japanese Zelkova oval shaped, green leaves on white

  • Vase shaped tree with upright branches
  • Bright green leaves turn to a bright bronze-red in fall
  • Wonderful option as a replacement for the American Elm that is resistant to the Dutch Elm Disease
  • A fast growing, large shade tree 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 60-65' tall
  • Mature Width: 40-45' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 35-45' apart

Green Vase Japanese Zelkova

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase'

Regular price $575.00
Delivery Date Determined By Size
Shipping included
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Why plant Green Vase Japanese Zelkova?

Green Vase Zelkova is a fast-growing tree that deserves to be planted more often. This large shade tree is often compared to the American Elm because of its similar stately, arching habit, but Zelkova is a smarter choice to plant today because it’s much more resistant to Dutch Elm Disease than American Elm. Green Vase will give you a cool, shady spot beneath its canopy for picnicking or lounging, and a row of Japanese Zelkova trees will line your driveway in style. Planted to the south of your house, this deciduous tree will shade your home in summer, while letting in the sunshine in winter. It might even help you save a bit on heating and cooling!

The Princeton Nursery was founded in Kingston New Jersey by William Flemer Sr. in 1913. After years of searching for a new site to grow his business, Flemer chose Kingston for its nutrient rich soil and location which was halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Flemer continued to buy land and property to provide housing for his many employees. At its peak the nursery grew to 1200 acres and was the largest commercial nursery in the United States. Through the Great Depression the nursery survived by growing farm crops and using German prisoners of war for labor. William Flemer III, specialized in breeding and introduced many new varieties of shade and ornamental trees. The nursery was granted dozens of patents including Green Vase Japanese Zelkova. The nursery closed in 2010 but more than 240 acres of the nursery have been preserved along with 25 historic structures. Here you can still find many of the beautiful trees introduced and planted by the Flemer family.

How to use Green Vase Japanese Zelkova in the landscape?

Definitely a unique addition to your landscape. A vase shape with upright arching branches. Dark green leaves turn bronze-red in fall. A true specimen - an awesome focal point in any landscape. Considered the replacement for the Great American Elm. A Gold Medal Plant Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.

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 Green Vase Japanese Zelkova

To quote one of the growers here on the nursery, this is the “best tree on Earth!” It is reminiscent of the good ol’ American Elm in that it is a pretty fast grower – though it’s debatable if it is faster than the Elm (I had to break up a fist-fight… believe me - it wasn’t pretty). The Japanese Zelkova prefers sunny locations and soils that range from moist to dry. This “wonder tree” is hardier than the Lacebark Elm and it makes a great street and city tree because of its pollution tolerance. Zelkovas are free of any major insect pests as well. The Japanese Zelkova is pretty easy-going when it comes to maintenance.

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

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 is very rarely needed but if 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


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 and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) 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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