The Siberian Elm tree, ‘Ulmus pumila’, is the fastest growing deciduous tree we know of and the more you trim, the denser the hedge.
The Siberian Elm is a fast growing, hardy, and drought resistant tree when established. It is one of the first to leaf in the spring and one of the last to shed its leaves in the fall. It is also considered to be a great windbreak tree when planted in rows.
To use as a hedge, plant 10 to 15’ apart in the row. Siberian Elm has moderate water requirements until established. Best results are obtained when planted in well-drained soil in full sun.
It is very adaptable, often grows under adverse conditions. Siberian elm is resistant to Dutch elm disease. It provides excellent cover for wildlife.
I have three that surround my property. My Uncle planted them in the 1940's. They have been pruned severely over the years. I still love them though. All the negatives mentioned here apply. BUT they are still huge and beautiful and the shade is wonderful. AND what is never mentioned is the sound. They make the most amazing whooshing almost water sound when the wind blows. I love them....
I was shocked Review by Jeremy
I was shocked to see this tree is for sale, as it's invasive in the Midwest. I have six acres of grass, and I probably cut 30-40 of these every year. Mature trees produce bushels of wind blown seeds that sprout by the thousand in disturbed soil, even pushing through cracks in the sidewalk. The branches break off with the slightest breeze. You've been warned.
Siberian Elm, Ulmus pumila Review by Christopher Gill
We ranch in far-West Texas. 11" annual rainfall, and many years less than that. At elevations of 4,488 - 5,200', there is no tree to equal Siberian Elm. It is the only tree that will naturalize. Tolerates cold, drought and neglect. I do not understand the hostility to this wonderfully useful and beautiful tree.
please don't neglect Review by lovegardening
I have planted this as a hedge. WOW!!, did it grow fast and works for privacy, screen, etc. The only thing is, I put it between our driveway and the neighbor's hideous fence. I trimmed and shaped a few times it really took care of looking at "the neighbor's property". Since then we moved. I have driven passed the home occassionally and - let's just say the hedge has taken over. It is several feet high and overpowering everything around it. It really needs to be kept up in order to keep "order". In an open area, I am sure it would not need all the up keep.
treeorknot Review by treeplanter
I have seen the siberian elm up close and for the first time and was awed by the stability and rapid growth they went threw,great borders for privacy when trimed at the top or wild life for the birds when let to grow wild