The Q&A Archives: Siberian Elm

Question: I have been given some Siberian elm trees . How do I plant them, can they be used for hedging along a fence and how fast do they grow?

Answer: Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) is a large tree in the fifty foot plus range. I suspect they would not make a successful hedge in the long run. This is a fast grower and tends to be brittle and break; while it is resistant to Dutch elm disease it is also subject to a number of insect problems and is generally not considered to be an ornamental of the first order. They are easy to grow in average soil and prefer full sun.

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