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Ulmus americana/American Elm

Ulmus americana / Ulmus americana
Early spring flowers
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Early spring flowers

Fresh spring foliage

Typical leaves with unequal or lopsided bases and toothed margins

Tall, upright arching branching makes this tree a favorite for street tree plantings

The classic form of an American elm

Spring flowers, normally of little ornamental value, can be quite striking when sunlight strikes the silvery color high in a tree

Typical form of an American elm in summer foliage

An old American elm

Mature seed on three in late winter

Late winter to early spring flowers

Winter flowers before growth buds break dormancy

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Scientific Name: Ulmus americana
Common Name: American Elm
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: This is one of the great trees of the country. It has a long and interesting history but has been plagued by the Dutch Elm disease that has destroyed huge populations of this classic tree. The tall, slender trunk with upright arching branches had made it a noteworthy street tree throughout the country until the disease occurred. Several varieties resistant to Dutch Elm Disease have been introduced. These are: Pincton, Washington, New Harmony, and Valley Forge. The American elm can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions.