Elm, Cedar Ulmus crassifolia
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Hardiness Zones 6 - 9The Cedar Elm can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeOrnamental Trees, Shade Trees
Mature HeightThe Cedar Elm grows to be 50' - 70' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Cedar Elm has a spread of about 40' - 60' at full maturity.
SunThis elm does well in full sun.
SoilThe Cedar Elm grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
ShapeThis elm has rounded, vase shape.
The Cedar Elm is drought tolerant once established, and is a low-maintenance shade tree if maintained by a regular pruning schedule.
Cedar Elm should be grown in full sun on well-drained soil, acid or alkaline. It is very drought-tolerant once established and tolerates wet soil well.
Seeds from trees such as the Cedar Elm are used by wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, squirrels, deer, and songbirds. Dead Cedar Elms provide nesting sites for cavity-dwelling birds.
The Cedar Elm is a favorite street tree for towns in the desert southwest due to its ability to survive in difficult soil types with very little care.
The Cedar Elm is very drought tolerant and exists well in ground that is periodically saturated.
This tree has green leaves in summer that turn a lovely yellow in fall.
The Cedar Elm has light-green blooms.
It blooms in early summer.
This tree produces small, round green fruit.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.