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  • American Elm Tree for Sale

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American Elm Tree

Ulmus americana


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
American Elm Tree Planting Mix

Helps your American Elm Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 2-9
(hardy down to -40℉)

Growing Zones 2-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-60 ft.

Mature Width:

30-70 ft.


Full Sun

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Botanical Name:

Ulmus americana

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A Nostalgic and Fast Growing Shade Tree

Experience a piece of history with the American Elm. In the early days of American neighborhoods, Elm trees lined the streets of almost every town across the nation. A terrible diseased wiped out the Elm population by the 1950s. Now, with disease resistant cultivation, you can enjoy a nostalgic piece of history by growing an American Elm in your yard.

The American Elm is truly an American tree. The American Elm will grow nearly anywhere in Central and Eastern America. From the humid, hot landscapes of the Deep South to the cold, bitter temperatures of the Northern Plains and everywhere in between, this tree thrives.

Just plant it and watch it grow. The American Elm grows fast in any type of soil and environment. You can just plant this tree on a weekend and enjoy it for the rest of your life. With very little attention and care, your American Elm will grow 3-6 feet each year. From polluted urban neighborhoods with poor soil to pristine country landscapes, the American Elm survives.

Plant a tree for your family that they'll enjoy for generations. The American Elm will outlive you for centuries. Most American Elms live up to 300 years, so you'll be planting a tree that will live in your families' yard for longer than your great-grandkids will be around.

The American Elm is the perfect shade tree. With a grand, tall trunk and a gorgeous fountain of leaves and branches that canopy over into a rounded crown, your family will love sitting under the shade of the America Elm.

The thick leaves transition beautifully through the seasons. The leaves of the American Elm are large, shiny and a deep green that transforms into golden yellow in the fall. In the spring, small, subtle clusters of flowers appear and perfectly accent the strong, massive foliage.

You'll be mesmerized by the fascinating bark. The bark of the American Elm is captivating with a bouquet of shapes that meet together in a jigsaw-like fashion. Old leave scars give the appearance of a cat's face. Imagine a warm summer day with your family under the shade of your American Elm tree, picking out shapes in the bark like watching clouds transform in the sky.

Everyone wants a piece of nostalgia. Now that disease resistant cultivars of the American Elm are available, everyone wants one. Because it's the perfect tree for the American family, they sell quickly. Don't hesitate to bring back a piece of American history to your yard.

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Very fast grower, growing 30" since I last checked, and is doing very well. No signs of DED which means it seems to have excellent resistance to it!
August 18, 2018
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Planting & Care

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

American Elm Tree Planting Diretions

American Elm trees are very large and their root systems are extensive and shallow. Find a place in your yard that will give the tree room to grow. The American Elm needs 6 hours of full sun a day, so plant in full sun or partial shade. The tree can grow in many soil conditions, but it needs plenty of water. Adding mulch to the base of your tree will help keep the moisture in and prevent weeds and grass competition.

Planting Instructions: You can plant your tree anytime of the year, but they are best planted between early spring and late fall. You don't need to add anything to your soil when planting. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around the base of the tree.

Watering: You can water your tree every week during its young life. If it rains, you don't need to water your American Elm at all. After a couple years, you only need to water the tree during very dry spells.

Fertilization: Don't add any fertilizer in the first year of your American Elm's life. After the first year, you can add a balanced fertilizer to the soil every spring. Be sure to follow the manufactures instructions carefully as it is easy to over-fertilize the Elm. As your tree grows older, you don't need to add any fertilizer at all. 

Pruning: You don't need to prune the American Elm, but it can be helpful to remove dead bark and branches in the fall.

Pests: The new cultivars of American Elm are very resistant to pests and disease, so you won't need to worry. Wildlife love the tree, so expect to see squirrels, birds, opossums, rabbits and deer, especially in the early life of the tree.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Like this kind of tree
Jennifer L on Oct 15, 2018
Fast growing shade tree.
Roger B on Apr 17, 2016
Like this kind of tree
Jennifer L on Oct 15, 2018
great shade tree and should have no troubles growing in North Dakota
John L on Sep 21, 2018
Fast growing shade tree.
Roger B on Apr 17, 2016
great shade tree and should have no troubles growing in North Dakota
John L on Sep 21, 2018
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: saw no signs of DED on the tree
How tall will this tree grow?
Terry B on Dec 6, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They can get 40-50 foot tall and wide.
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.
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.
How close to a cement sidewalk or gravel parking lot can the American Elm be planted?
Shirley B on Apr 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I try not to plant any trees within 10 feets of any structure. And haven't had any problems with their roots.
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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