Smoothleaf Elm (Ulmus minor 'Homestead')

Botanical names:
Ulmus minor Accepted
Ulmus carpinifolia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: to 55 feet
Plant Spread: to 35 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 30, 2019 11:02 AM

This cultivar was taken from a complex hybrid of Ulmus pumila X Ulmus x hollandica X Ulmus minor; in other words, a complex crossing of the Smoothleaf Elm, the Wych Elm, and the Siberian Elm. The mature ones I have seen are growing usually upright in habit with somewhat arching branches, but they can be more spreading in habit. The leaves are small of about 2.5 inches (7cm) long to 1.25 inches (3.5 cm) wide and dark green. The twigs also display an arching down habit. I'm not really impressed with this tree. It is alright, but not wonderful. It is better than its Siberian Elm parent in the mixture. It does have good Dutch Elm Disease and Elm Yellows resistance. I just took photos of several trees in the huge parking lot of a Home Depot that I formerly thought were a cultivar of the David (Japanese) Elm which is Ulmus davidiana (or Ulmus japonica), but I kept looking and measured the small leaves and realized this is the 'Homestead' Elm.

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