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    American Elm Tree for Sale


American Elm Tree

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Growing Zones: 4-9

Growing Zones 4-9 This plant is recommended for zones: 4-9
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

40-50 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Ulmus americana

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This gorgeous classic tree features rough, leathery leaves that show shiny, rich green in the summer and turn yellow in the fall.

Its rounded crown and vase-shaped structure create an impressive silhouette. But it's the fascinating 'jigsaw puzzle' bark that brings you up close.

Gray, tan, green patches form all over the tree's surface, giving it a unique visual character.

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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your American Elm Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your American Elm Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your American Elm Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your American Elm Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Fast growing shade tree.
Roger B on Apr 17, 2016
Fast growing shade tree.
Roger B on Apr 17, 2016
How fast does this tree grow (The American Elm)?
Dakota on Feb 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They can grow 2-3 foot a year.
Is it dutch elm disease proof?
Karin R on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are disease resistant.
How tall will this tree grow?
Terry B on Dec 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They can get 40-50 foot tall and wide.
Will this tree damage your water pipes?
Susie on Apr 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Certain trees should never be planted near water lines, as they are often fast-growing with particularly aggressive roots. Many species in the Acer (maple) genus, Populus species, ashes, sycamore, several oaks, willows, basswood, tuliptree, elms, birches, mulberry, figs, large eucalyptus and beeches are unsuitable for planting near water pipes and other underground or surface structures.
how extensive/envasive is the root system to sidewalks watermains cable?
pete m on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In the 1940s thru the 1970s we had elms up and down our street. They did lift up some of the sidewalks and I remember that they also got into the sewer system which caused back ups in the basement. We would have to get the rooter guy in to clean the pipes out once and a while. I now have them planted in back yard on 2 acres away from the house. Hope this helps.
Is this a disease resistant variety?
Evan H on Nov 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We have the valley Forge variety that is disease resistant.
is the American Elm non invasive?
K v on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The American Elm is not considered invasive, but is a naturally-occurring native tree. Don't confuse this with the Siberian Elm, a native of eastern Asia, which does show up on various lists for invasive trees.
I live in a drought prone area in California.....
can the American Elm take the summer 3-diget heat...???
and need how much water..???
Karin G on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It depends on where exactly you live in California. The American Elm Tree can't withstand the heat outside of zone 9.

They have a very high drought tolerance. They require an average amount of water.
We live in south central Minnesota - would a 3-4 ft tree make it over winter? When is the best time to plant?
Pennie K on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The American Elm Tree can withstand freezing temperatures. South Central Minnesota should be fine! Plant your tree before the summer heat sets in.

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Trimming & Pruning

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.