|'Goblin' is an extremely dwarf variety, slow growing. Plant will reach 3 by 3 foot, forming a dense, bushlike shrub.
Z serrata is a deciduous tree. Growth habit is vase-shaped, medium growing. Bark in youth is cherry-like, in mature trees it exfoliates in patches giving the tree an attractive mottled appearance. Summer foliage is dark green, orange-yellow to reddish purple in fall. Flowers are inconspicuous. It is very wind and drought tolerant once it is established. Prune in the fall. Resistant to Dutch Elm disease, but subject to some of the other pests that elms are.