Princeton Elm Tree

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The Original Classic Princeton Elm Shade Tree Is Back!

  • Lacy Dark-Green Foliage
  • Beautiful Elm Street Tree Shape
  • Yellow Fall Foliage
  • Easy Care & Quick Growing
  • Disease & Blight Resistant Native
  • Wonderful Shade Tree
  • Fast Growing!
  • Tall, Upright & Stately
  • Tolerant of Urban Conditions & Pollution
  • Hardy Native Tree

There was a time when Elm trees lined America's streets by the thousands. Even earning the name 'Elm Street' as the most popular street name in the US. Then, in the 1930s a fungus in a shipment of lumber from Europe turned into Dutch Elm Disease and wiped out tens of millions of Elm trees across the country.

Decades passed and it wasn't until the mid-1990's that a nurseryman noticed one street in Princeton, NJ. was still lined in towering, magnificent Elm trees. They were completely unaffected by the blight from the '30s. These 75-year-old American natives were standing strong.

Thanks to that sharp-eyed nurseryman the Princeton Elm Tree (Ulmus americana 'Princeton') has been cultivated and is back on the market and we are very proud to offer it to you. Plus, Princeton demonstrates resistance to Elm beetles.

The pointy oval foliage has intricate toothed margins that hold their color all summer. The ornate seeds have fluttering appeal in the late summer. The dark-gray bark is ridged and furrowed, looking lovely in the winters.

How to Use Princeton Elm Tree In The Landscape

You'll find a natural home for these stately trees in residential and commercial sites, parks and lining streets providing cooling shade! These feature rapid growth and good resistance to Elm leaf beetles.

Impressive specimen trees, Princeton will provide year-round interest and bulletproof wildlife interest!

It can be planted virtually year-round from the bitter cold of the Northern Plains to the humid heat of Central Florida and anywhere in between. Hardy in USDA growing zones 4 through 9, these tolerate sun like a champ and anything else your area can throw at it!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Loving the full sun, Princeton Elm handles many any condition including wet, dry and windy. It can grow 3-6 feet a year. Once established, Princeton can even handle occasional drought and even occasional flooding.

Be sure to water new trees well, and do not let them dry out between waterings. This way you'll be assured of a strong root system. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

The amazing root systems can handle average, alkaline soil, clay soil, and road salt! It can survive salty air, partial shade and is super tolerant of harsh, polluted urban conditions.

This is a bulletproof tree that you need to have if you're looking for a tall, statuesque shade tree for your landscape. Bring back the great American Elm street tree. Be sure to order your amazing new street tree from Nature Hills today and receive a healthy top-grade Princeton Elm Tree!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Princeton Elm Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ulmus americana 'Princeton'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 80 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 60 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deep Green
Foliage Deep Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No