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Fast Growing Shade Tree

The American Elm is a large deciduous tree. It would make an impressive street or shade tree for your front yard.

The American Elm is the largest Elm in the United States. It can reach 100 feet in height and has an elegant vase shape with a broad, rounded crown. It’s fast-growing so you won’t have to wait as long as with some other trees for your shade tree to mature.

The American Elm is also long-lived, with some reported being as old as 300 years. Think of the legacy you will provide for your children and grandchildren by planting an Elm in the yard!

Your American Elm provides ornamental interest for every season The six inch deciduous leaves are ovate shaped with toothed edges, their dark green color a vibrant addition to the summer surroundings.

Small green flowers form in spring, and although you’re not likely to notice them, the bees, butterflies and other pollinators of your yard certainly will.

As the leaves begin to form, the flowers will turn from their subtle beauty to the Elm seed. Single, and surrounded by a flat, oval paper-like membrane, the seeds provide beneficial sustenance for birds and small mammals.

In the fall, your American Elm’s foliage transforms to a pleasing yellow. Even in the coldest of seasons, when most trees provide little of interest, the dark grey and deeply furrowed bark of your Elm will present a pleasing feature for the winter landscape.

The American Elm is a hardy tree tolerant of drought and urban conditions. It won’t cost you a lot of time or effort to maintain, and will provide many years of shade and beauty for your yard.

* Fast-growing
* Long-lived
* Hardy




American Elm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ulmus americana
Foliage Green
Mature Height 75 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 60 - 90 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Not Showy
Fall Color Yellow