Growing Zones: 2-9 outdoors(hardy down to -40℉) 2-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 40-60 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 30-70 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- 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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Planting & Care
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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|