I do adore it – my little Ulmus parvifolia ‘Seiju’. It is a dwarf type of Elm that looks like no other. Its branching structure looks like a fishbone, and its leaves are tiny – smaller than mouse ears – and serrated. Adorable! It also has this marvelous corky bark – stellar winter interest. It is said to grow to about 7′ tall in 10 years, so perfect for small gardens (or overcrowded gardens as the case may be). And – best of all – they are not susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease. What more can a girl possibly ask for?
In autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful buttery yellow. All the fishbones look like they have golden halos – against the slanted light of a setting November sun, a tree like this is a sight to behold. But – for now – you just have to take my word for it. I will hopefully update this post with a suitable photo this fall.