General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 60 to 70 ft.
Plant Spread: 30 to 40 ft.
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Fall foliage is yellow
Fruit: Other: tan-brown, wafer-like samara
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
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • American Elm
  • White Elm

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Uploaded by robertduval14
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-09-16
a young tree planted about 3 years before
Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-09-16
newly pruned young tree
Location: Malvern, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-26
leaves at bottom of a young tree
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-10-28
a row of young trees at Harmony Hill Nursery
Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-10-28
foliage still green in October
  • Posted by JB (Wrightstown, New Jersey - Zone 6b) on Apr 27, 2014 3:39 PM concerning plant:
    The Princeton Elm was propagated from cuttings from an old elm tree that survived disease and was located in a cemetery in Princeton, NJ. The propagation took place at Princeton Nurseries, NJ. It is a lovely elm tree.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 7, 2018 7:37 PM concerning plant:
    When the Dutch Elm Disease struck and killed off maybe 99% of the American Elms, mostly in the 1950's through the 1970's, this cultivar already existed since 1922 from Princeton Nursery in New Jersey, and these elm trees at Princeton University did not die off, showing a high level of resistance to the disease. This cultivar has relatively large, leathery leaves that are rough to touch on the top surface. 'Princeton' and 'Valley Forge' seem to be the most commonly planted cultivars of the American Elm. I am seeing a good number of larger nurseries selling and planting this elm mostly in park and public areas as designated by landscape architects, but also some are being sold to homeowners in some regular yards.

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