Chinese 'Tru-Green' Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)
The Chinese Elm has been a top-performing shade tree in the Western US for over a century, and is widely popular for good reasons. It is very tolerant to poor soil, poor weather, and can still provide the large, wide shade that it's known for.
The Chinese Elm is also commonly called “Evergreen Elm”. In very mild winters, Chinese Elms can retain their leaves through the season, however most years they are briefly deciduous. The Chinese Elm is a strong, tolerant shade tree that can stand as the centerpiece in just about any landscape.
Number 1 Choice for wide, umbrella shaped shade.
Very dark green, attractive foliage, especially in Summer
Canopy spreads fast, providing shade even at early age
Loves growing in full sun, hot areas