The bark of Chinese elms is very distinct. It has a mottled look with flaky gray, tan, and red bark. This feature is what has also given it the name of Lacebark elm. The leaves are small, 2-5 cm long to 1-3 cm wide, green, and toothed. The flowers are small and inconspicuous. The fruits are flat and round with a seed encapsulated in a papery, wing-like outer covering.
The Chinese elm, as the name suggests, is native to China and other eastern countries. It is also known as the Lacebark elm. This tree can grow to between 30 and 60 feet tall. The Chinese elm is often found in harsh landscape environments such as parking lots and along streets. An interesting fact is that it is also popular as a bonsai plant.