Plants for Summer: Trees


Ulmus americana

Common name: American Elm
Zones of hardiness: 2 to 9
Height & width: 60-100’ high; 60-120’ wide
Leaves: 3-8” long, 2-4” wide, deciduous, alternate, simple, serrated and jagged; leaves turn from green to yellow in the fall
Origin: North American native

The American Elm has ‘perfect flowers’ meaning both male and female parts are present, enabling it to self-pollinate; self-fertilization is also common. The root system is extensive but shallow. Vase-shaped crown and a dense canopy produce great shade; trunks on older trees can have a 7’ diameter. The American Elm is tolerant of urban conditions and grows in medium moisture, well-drained soils with full sun.