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Cedar Elm Tree

Ulmus crassifolia

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Cedar Elm Tree

Ulmus crassifolia

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Attractive Bark
Fall Color
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Ulmus crassifolia

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The Cedar Elm is a tall, vase-shaped shade tree, that will grow to between 50 and 70 feet tall, with a spread of over 40 feet. It has an upright trunk, and the crown spread outwards, with slightly drooping branches. The leaves are the smallest of any elm, no more than 2 inches long. They are oval, with a serrated edge, and dry and rough to the touch. Small flowers develop in late summer or early fall, and the seeds ripen in October. The leaves turn clear, golden yellow in the fall, and the small leaves and seeds make very little litter. This is an excellent lawn specimen, and a great native tree for natural planting.

  • Vase-shaped shade tree for lawns and natural planting
  • Small leaves are golden yellow in fall
  • Very tough for urban settings and clay soil
  • Drought resistant, but also grows in wet soil
  • Perfect choice for native tree planting

Hardy in zones 6 to 9, the Cedar Elm is very tough and reliable, growing in all soils, from wet to dry, including clay, alkaline soil, and compacted urban soils. It should be planted in full sun, and once established this tree is very drought tolerant. It grows well in wet soils too, where most other types of trees fail to grow for long. Although not fully resistant to it, this tree is usually free of Dutch elm disease, unlike the very susceptible American elm.

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