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The cedar elm can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 6–9. View Map
This tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. It features a spreading canopy capable of blocking sunlight and adds visual interest and beauty to landscaping.
The cedar elm grows to a height of 50–70' and a spread of 40–60' at maturity.
Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.
The cedar elm grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It is very drought-tolerant but can also grow in ground that is periodically saturated.
Seeds from the cedar elm are eaten by wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, squirrels, deer and songbirds. Dead cedar elms provide nesting sites for cavity-dwelling birds.
The cedar elm has been a favorite street tree for towns in the desert southwest due to its ability to survive in difficult soil types with very little care.