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Cedar Elm

Ulmus crassifolia

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Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) at The Home And Garden Center

Cedar Elm

Cedar Elm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) at The Home And Garden Center

Cedar Elm bark

Cedar Elm bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) at The Home And Garden Center

Cedar Elm foliage

Cedar Elm foliage

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Height:  60 feet

Spread:  40 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Texas Cedar Elm, Basket Elm, Scrub Elm, Lime Elm

Description:

A large southern native elm with a broad upright vase-shaped habit; has shown resistant to Dutch elm disease; foliage is small and thick; ideal as a street tree or a shade tree for larger landscapes; sets seeds in fall, rather than spring

Ornamental Features

Cedar Elm has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. However, the fruit can be messy in the landscape and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Cedar Elm is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Cedar Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Cedar Elm will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Ornamental Features