Cedar elm (Ulmus crassifolia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 50 to 80 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

a maturing tree

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Photo gallery:
Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05a maturing tree
By ILPARW
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Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05the trunk
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Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05some branches
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Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05the winged twigs and leaves
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Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05trunk and low branch
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Location: Elm Collection of Morton Arboretum in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05leaves and twig
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 5, 2017 8:48 PM

This is another tree of the southern USA and some of northeast Mexico. It is very similar to the Winged Elm (Ulmus alata) and to the September Elm (Ulmus serotina); the latter having bigger leaves of 3 to 4 inches long. This species has tiny leaves that are about 1 to 2 inches long x 0.5 to 1.5 inches wide, are very lustrous, dark green, stiff, and rough to touch and are sort of rounded in shape. Its tiny flowers develop in late summer and its dry fruits of samaras are about 0.5 inches long, deeply notched, and white hairy and mature in the fall. The twigs have two narrow corky wings. It is used as a shade tree in the south. Native from Mississippi to Arkansas to Texas. (Oooops! My 4th photo of ILPARW is that of Winged Elm that has longer, narrower leaves).

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Need help identifying a sapling by GardenGoober Apr 16, 2016 1:54 AM 8
Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) by jimard8 Aug 16, 2015 2:38 PM 11
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130

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