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: 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)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 35 to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 30 to 50 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Spring
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Slippery Elm
  • Red elm
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Ulmus rubra
  • Synonym: Ulmus fulva

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2017 8:23 PM concerning plant:
    Slippery or Red Elm is still a very common tree. I think it has out-run the Dutch Elm Disease, as it sows itself around so fast and much, and must have selected its own resistant progeny . Slippery Elm is similar to the American Elm, but does not get quite as big, and it is somewhat vase-shaped or sort of rounded in form. It has larger leaves than the American Elm that are 5 to 7 inches long x 2 to 3 inches wide, and they are rough to the touch, a little bit like sandpaper. The foliage gets a golden fall color that is alright. Its native range is from southwest Quebec and far southeast Ontario to southern New England down to northwest Florida to east Texas up to central Minnesota to all Michigan. Oftentimes it is weed tree in waste places, abandoned lots, and tough urban situations, but it is also a pioneer tree, being one of the first trees to colonize a open field or meadow, with Green Ash, Boxelder, Cottonwoods, and such, or grows along forest margins. It can make a fine shade tree. The inner bark, especially in twigs, contains a sticky, aromatic substance that once was chewed for sore throat relief, thus "slippery."
  • Posted by jimard8 ( East Central Indiana - Zone 5b) on Aug 16, 2015 2:33 PM concerning plant:
    This is a rather common plant here in the Great Lakes region.

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