First Editions® St Croix™ American Elm

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Dependable and Hardy First Editions® St Croix™ American Elm

  • Dutch Elm Disease Resistant
  • Broad Vase-Shape Form
  • Open Canopy
  • Excellent for Street-Side Tree
  • Promises to Restore American Elm Population
  • Prestigious Shade Tree
  • Iconic Green Elm Leaves
  • Long-Living Addition to The Yard
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Full Sun Is Best
  • Vigorous Growth Habit

If you're dreaming of a prestigious tree that will soak your yard in shade and help rebuild the U.S. elm population, the St. Croix™ American Elm (Ulmus americana 'St Croix' PP20,097) makes an excellent choice.

This grand tree may be the new elm on the block, but it makes a magnificent statement and has a remarkable resistance to Dutch elm disease. The St Croix American Elm will be the beginning of a legacy for your family and a landmark in your neighborhood. With this handsome and fast-growing elm, you can help re-establish the elm population.

This tree is not only iconic, but it fulfills the demand for shade without much fuss.

What makes the St Croix American Elm the best choice for your yard? This tree maintains a stately vase shape while spreading wide. This lovely elm has an open spreading canopy and deep green foliage that lights up the summer. Its leaves are ovular with incised edges and evenly spaced veins.

While these rich verdant leaves make summer feel lush and fresh, they are also quite striking as they brighten to a sunny yellow in the fall. Even as the St Croix American Elm drops its leaves as winter jumps into full swing, its branches create a stunning display.

The St Croix American Elm is a worthy investment. As an American elm variety, it is helping revitalize the American elm population. It is also quite strong. Like other elms, this one has stringy bark and new growth that creates a network of dense fibers and a very tough-wooded tree.

Don't hesitate to prune when necessary in winter before the end of March to remove crossing branches, secondary leaders, or broken branches.

This elm is more than 'just a tree.' It creates a storybook-like shady oasis. As this elm grows and its branches spread far and wide, it will transform your yard into a picturesque setting, perfect for hanging a swing, relaxing with a good book, or daydreaming with your dog. Order today!

How to Use the St Croix American Elm in the Landscape

This large-scale tree is perfect for an impressive specimen that your grandkids will enjoy playing beneath and climbing on. Its dark green foliage will blanket your yard in shade. Use the St Croix American Elm as an opulent backdrop to admire from your porch, patio, or deck.

The St Croix American Elm is highly adaptable to moist, wet bottomlands. Its shallow root system will happily lap up moisture that stands just below the surface.

One of the most delightful uses of this luxurious and robust tree is as an impressive street-side planting. The St Croix American Elm's grand vase shape makes for a lovely arching overhang that will keep your car shaded and your neighbors in awe. When you plant several St Croix American Elms flanking a road, you can create a breathtaking arch of branches and dense shade.

You can create a legion of St. Croix elms as a promise to revitalize the American elm population.

#ProPlantTips for Care

This glorious tree is a statement of health, and it will thrive in zones as cold as zone 3. It does need basic care for the first few weeks after planting, though. You will want to mulch around the base of your St Croix American Elm with a delicate mix of leaves and mulch bark. About 2 to 3 inches of mulch will do the job.

Fertilize your St Croix American Elm in spring.

The St Croix American Elm prefers full sun and well-drained soil with medium moisture. They like rich, loamy soil but are quite tolerant of many soil conditions. Once established, this elm is disease resistant and sturdy. Prune it back in early spring and provide it with plenty of room to spread its branches.

Thanks to the St Croix American Elm, the American elm is becoming the next comeback kid. This broad and beautiful elm is sure to make a huge impact throughout the U.S. and in your yard.

In fact, horticulturalists and homeowners seeking reliable shade trees are already buying them up. So, don't wait to order yours--our stock will not last.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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First Editions® St Croix™ American Elm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-6
Growing Zones 3-6
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Ulmus americana 'St Croix'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 60 - 75 feet
Mature Spread 70 - 90 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No