Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 40 to 75 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 60 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Bi-Color: maroon and green
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 5, 2017 7:48 PM

The Siberian Elm from northeast Asia is not a really good quality tree. It is very twiggy with brown fissured bark that is not interesting. I have seen a few that look good, but very few. It is fast growing of about 2 feet/year, and it is brittle wooded and loses some branches due to storms, and drops lots of twigs much of the year. In many places in the Midwest, as in northeast Illinois, it is an invasive species that is usually a weed tree. It was used to replace the American Elm after the Dutch Elm Disease devastated the latter, but it does not compare. It has tiny leaves about 3/4 to 3 inches long that fall green or poor yellow-green in autumn. It should have been left in Asia.

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