American Elm (Ulmus americana 'American Liberty')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 50 to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 40 to 50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruiting Time: Spring
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

young but maturing tree

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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2014-05-18young but maturing tree
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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-06-10maturing tree in summer
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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-04young maturing tree not leafed out yet
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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-07-17summer leaves
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Location: Reading, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-04-04elm flowers
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Location: ReadingDate: 2015-06-10trunk splitting from branch weight
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 7, 2018 8:28 PM

I ordered by mail a 'Liberty' Elm in 2002 for the narrow part of the yard west of my house in southeast Pennsylvania. I found out that a water channel went under ground there and I could not plant it there. I already had planted larger trees for my new yard, so I planted it at a close friend's house east of Reading, PA in 2003. It was looking good, but I failed to notice that the side branches were weighing the tree down. In 2015 I got a call from my friend that the tree trunk had split. About the same time, the electric utility company said that a large tree species could not be planted there as it would someday interfere with work on the high overhead wires going over that backyard. I had my friend let the tree go and have the company cut it down in 2016 because the damage was too great. I saw a Lacebark Elm at a post office do the same thing in my town about the same time. Anyway, this 'Liberty' cultivar is not being produced anymore, as its resistance to the Dutch Elm Disease is only moderate, and it is very susceptible to Elm Phloem Necrosis, a virus yellows disease also from east Asia.

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