Ulmus parvifolia Jacq.

Chinese Elm

Pl. Hort. Schoenbr. 3: 6 t. 262 (1798) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Semi-deciduous tree to 25 m tall, crown broad; suckers absent. Bark olive green to grey, mottled orange-brown, shedding in small plates. Leaves elliptic to obovate, 2.5–5(–7) cm long; upper surface shining green, glabrous; apex acute; base slightly oblique, attenuate, obtuse or cordate; margins serrate; veins 7–11; petiole 2–5(–8) cm long. Fruit an elliptic to ovate samara, 6–8 mm wide, wing absent. Flowers late summer–autumn.

*GipP, *Gold, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Asia.

Grown as an ornamental, known outside of cultivation in Victoria by a single record on a roadside reserve near Narre Warren.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-23
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-09
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Ulmaceae
genus Ulmus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Ulmus parvifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Ulmus parvifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory