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Mike's Blog - Day 225

One of my favourite trees at this time of year, the ”Zelkova”, Zelkova serrata of the Oriental lawn above the winter garden.

Here it is again in close-up.

It’s a close relative to Elm, but highly resistant to Dutch Elm disease. It's sometimes called Japanese Elm. It has a long way to go yet as these trees can reach 60 feet (about the same height as the monkey puzzle) and there is a specimen in Osaka which is reputed to be 1,000 years old…

It has a lovely spreading shape to it, often used in Bonzai.

And this photo shows its attractive, serrated leaves.