Ulmus americana - American Elm
This vase-shaped, deciduous shade tree reaches heights of 60-80 feet and trunk widths ranging from 2 - 5 feet. Dark-green leaves with distinct veins grow 4-6 inches long and appear toothed. Insignificant clusters of green and burgundy flowers bloom in the spring and release samaras or seeds protected in flat paper-like wings.
- Tolerant of wet and dry soils
- Green leaves turn soft yellow in fall
- Host plant for a variety of butterfly species
- Seeds attract birds and other small mammals
- Provides cover and nesting sites for birds
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Historically, American Elm has been widely adored as a street, lawn, or ornamental tree, but the aggressive spreading of Dutch Elm disease from Europe dramatically impacted its growth rate. Dutch Elm is a fungus spread by bark beetles that impact the vascular system of the tree. Research is ongoing to find a treatment or resistant variety to Dutch Elm disease.
Grows well in medium moisture, well-drained rich soil in full sun with light shade.