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Ulmus americana



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Ulmus americana
American elm

A large oval to rounded shade tree with distinctive arching branches offering a formal vase-shaped habit. Once used heavily as a street tree for its stately arching branches, it forms a cathedral effect over neighborhood streets. Dutch elm disease, rapidly spread by the Elm Bark Beetle and root grafts, brought about the quick demise of this beautiful species. Aggressive treatment regimes have allowed many trees to remain in some areas. Current strategy is to use resistant cultivars.

Habit:Vase-shaped arching branching with a narrow to broad-rounded crown; ends of branches can be pendulous, lightly horizontal, or mostly upward arching
Size:65-90' high
Color:Green to dark green
Texture:Medium-fine texture during growing season, medium in winter
Hardiness:Zone 2b USDA
Habitat:Native over the Eastern half of the United States and lower Canada, Maine - Florida - Texas - Saskatchewan, Canada
Family:Ulmaceae

 
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