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A closeup of the Musashino Japanese Zelkova rich green leaves
A Musashino Japanese Zelkova grown in a black nursery pot covered in dark green leaves
A closeup of the Musashino Japanese Zelkova rich green leaves
A Musashino Japanese Zelkova grown in a black nursery pot covered in dark green leaves



  • In the spring and summer, foliage is a cheerful green color
  • In the fall foliage is a yellow-orange color
  • Vase-like columnar shape 
  • Excellent use as a street or privacy tree 
  • Unique upward branching motion
  • 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: 40-45' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart

Musashino Japanese Zelkova

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Zelkova serrata 'Musashino'

Regular price $625.00
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Why plant Musashino Japanese Zelkova?

Musashino Japanese Zelkova isn’t exactly a household name, but this tree should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a tall, upright, tough, and sturdy specimen that won’t get too wide. Musashino, growing at a moderately fast pace, rises proud and strong like a spire, lending a powerful vertical element to your landscape. The foliage is dense, making a row of trees an effective seasonal privacy screen. When nights turn frosty, the leaves take on warm autumn colors, ranging from bronzy gold to burnished orange. When they drop, many of the small, thin leaves blow away, making fall cleanup a simple matter.

The Japanese Zelkova, normally a vase-shaped shade tree, belongs to the Elm family and has been considered a good substitute for the American Elm since the arrival of Dutch Elm disease, as it is resistant to the fungus. Musashino is a unique columnar selection of Zelkova that was introduced by J. Frank Schmidt Nursery of Boring, Oregon in 2000. J. Frank Schmidt is a well-respected grower that has been in the tree business for over 60 years. Although Musashino was new to the U.S. in 2000, it had been grown for many years previously in Japan. It was named for a suburb of Tokyo where it has been used as a street tree.

How to use Musashino Japanese Zelkova in the landscape?

Tolerating salt spray, drought, pollution, and winter lows down to -20°F, Musashino is a survivor. Its tough constitution, coupled with its slim shape, have earned it a place in city gardens and along city sidewalks. In fact, the Society of Municipal Arborists named Musashino Japanese Zelkova their Urban Tree of the Year for 2016.

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 Musashino Japanese Zelkova

Musashino Japanese Zelkova is an easy-to-please tree that even novice 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.

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 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, 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).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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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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