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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry 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 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 30 to 40 feet usually, to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 5, 2017 8:19 PM

The Winged Elm is a tree species of the Southern USA, growing wild from Virginia to central Florida to east Texas up to southern Illinois, being common in upland dry soils. Its tiny leaves are 1.5 to 3 inches long and 1 to 1.5 inches wide and are shiny and can sometimes develop a good yellow or orange fall color. Its twigs are corky winged. In the South it is used as a street tree and as a shade tree. One person from Texas told me it seeds itself around a lot. I think it has outrun the Dutch Elm Disease and selected its own resistant progeny or already had resistance. I first saw one in southern Illinois at a cemetery of some of my relatives, and it looked good.

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