Kerkrade Botanical Garden.
C.Wang & S.L.Chang
A slow growing tree rarely exceeding 10 m in height, U. lamellosa is often multi-stemmed, its upright branches forming a rounded crown, but occasionally forms a single, slender trunk < 20 cm d.b.h. Considered closely related to the Large-fruited Elm U. macrocarpa, it is distinguishable from that species by its mottled, flaking bark and smaller leaves. The leaves, on 3 mm - 8 mm petioles, are obovate, < 10 cm long by 5.5 cm wide, caudate at the apex, with simply to doubly serrate margins, and densely pubescent when young; the leaves turn a rich gold in autumn.
Pests and diseases
In the trials at the Morton Arboretum, Illinois, U. lamellosa was found to have a good resistance to Dutch elm disease. The species was also found to be among the least suitable elms for feeding and reproduction by the adult elm leaf beetle Xanthogaleruca luteola   and feeding by the Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica  in the USA.
Rare in cultivation beyond China, it is one of a number of Chinese species which were assessed for their horticultural merit at the Morton Arboretum where it was adjudged suitable for planting in parks and gardens, but typically intolerant of wet soils. Although known to propagate satisfactorily, U. lamellosa is only very rarely found in commerce in Europe and the USA; there are no known cultivars.
- North America
- Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, Iowa. No accession details available.
- Denver Botanic Gardens. No details available
- Holden Arboretum. Acc. no. 96-178, provenance unrecorded
- Morton Arboretum. Acc. nos. 317-90, 51-95, 655-2006, (listed as syn. U. taihangshanensis): 446-2007.
- University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, Vancouver. Acc. no. 022715-0334-1983.
- U S National Arboretum , Washington, D.C., USA. Acc. nos. 68993, 68994, 76228. Also, listed under syn. U. taihangshanensis: 76237, 76245, 68981.
- Botanical Garden Kerkrade , Kerkrade, Netherlands. One large tree; no accession details available.
- Grange Farm Arboretum, Sutton St. James, Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK. Acc. no. 702.
- RBG Edinburgh, Benmore. Acc. no. 19951216. Wild collected in Yunnan province, China by Sino-Scottish Expedition.
- Royal Horticultural Society gardens, Wisley, bed WA 0201; (planted 1998), (the tree appeared to have succumbed to the drought of summer 2006, and all top growth had died save a few suckers at the base).
- Strona Arboretum, University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
- Fu, L., Xin, Y. & Whittemore, A. (2002). Ulmaceae, in Wu, Z. & Raven, P. (eds) Flora of China, Vol. 5 (Ulmaceae through Basellaceae). Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, USA. 
- Bi R-c, Yin W-b, Wang Y-n (2003) Study on a niche of population of Ulmus lamellosa in the south area of Shanxi province. Xibei Zhiwu Xuebao 23, pp. 1266-1271.
- Ware, G. (1995). Little-known elms from China: landscape tree possibilities. Journal of Arboriculture, (Nov. 1995). International Society of Arboriculture, Champaign, Illinois, USA. 
- Miller, F. and Ware, G. (2001). Resistance of Temperate Chinese Elms (Ulmuss spp.) to Feeding of the Adult Elm Leaf Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 94 (1): 162-166. 2001. Entom. Soc.of America.
- Miller, F., Ware, G. and Jackson, J. (2001). Preference of Temperate Chinese Elms (Ulmuss spp.) for the Feeding of the Japanese Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 94 (2). pp 445-448. 2001. Entom. Soc.of America.
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