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Pictures shown are mature trees for sake of reference. 

This product is sold as a large 5-6 foot bareroot tree.

(Not full grown)


Common Name: American elm

Scientific Name
Family: Ulmaceae
Genus: Ulmus
Species: U. americana

Hardiness Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 60 to 100 ft
Width: 30 to 60 ft

Common Characteristics:

The American elm was widely planted throughout the United States and in the 1960s came under attack from Dutch Elm Disease (DED). Millions of these trees were lost due to DED. American elms can still be found in urban landscapes, but unfortunately, they are no longer recommended for planting. These elms are large and very broad shade trees. The leaves are a deep green color that turns yellow in the fall and have double serrated margins, are oval in shape, and can be rough-textured. The leaves are unequal at the base of the leaf, meaning one side is lower than the other side of the central leaf vein. Flowers bloom in early spring but are not clearly visible. Elms produced a small seed in a winged samara for wind dispersal (Morton Arboretum). The bark is a light gray color and becomes deeply furrowed with scaly ridges as it matures. The twigs are slender and brown in color (Little).

Where it Grows: 

American elms do well in moist well-drained soils and can be found in mixed hardwood forests (Little). It was a popular urban landscape tree due to its tolerance for alkaline soils, clay soils, road salt, air pollution, and dry conditions (Morton Arboretum). They also thrive best in full-sun areas. 


4) St. Croix elm
Selected from a massive parent tree in Afton, MN, the ‘St. Croix’ American elm joins the ranks of Dutch elm disease-tolerant elms with a Minnesota twist. Since its discovery by U of M alumnus Mark Stennes, researchers in the Departments of Plant Pathology and Forest Resources have cloned and screened the tree for Dutch elm disease tolerance. Young specimens grow at an incredible pace and have gracefully arching branches and dark green leaves. Like all American elms, ‘St. Croix’ can thrive in tough environmental conditions.


Excerpted from:

American 'St. Croix' Elm

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