Ulmaceae (elm family) Zelkova

Zelkova serrata sawleaf zelkova

Zelkova serrata on Stanford Ave near Bowdoin Street. Sairus Patel, 20 Oct 2019
Zelkova serrata leaf. John Rawlings, ca. 2005

Resembling an elm in its spreading form but with smooth gray bark like elephant hide, sawleaf zelkova is now a desirable substitute, where elms would be suitable, as it is free from the diseases that are wiping out the English elm all over the country. The toothed leaves are rough above and smooth below, about 4 inches long and 1½ inches wide. Rather characteristic small drupes develop in the leaf axils.

A good specimen is at 825 San Francisco Court. An avenue of 14 between the David Packard Building and the Center for Integrated Systems along Via Palou Mall extends south with many more trees past Ginzton Lab and Hansen Lab.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.