Zelkova carpinifolia is a tree to 25 m tall, bark smooth, gray; twigs finely hairy, at least when young; apparently colonial from root sprouts if cut.
Leaves alternate, stalk 0.1-0.2 cm long, blade 2-5 cm long (to 9 cm on shoots), tip pointed, base rounded to slightly lobed, hairy on both sides, veins 6-8 per side, margin coarsely, sharply, evenly toothed, teeth blunt tipped.
Flowers greenish, small, wind pollinated.
Fruit rarely produced, a small nut.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent except in cultivation.
Origin: Middle East (Johnson and More 2005).
Habitat: In cultivation.