American Elm


The American Elm is a deciduous tree that can be found throughout Eastern North America.

[Elementary School students]

Did you know?

What tree has been attacked by a disease from another country?

Although once widely planted as a street and lawn tree, American Elm trees have been  decimated by Dutch Elm (fungal) disease. The tree is no longer considered to be a good  selection for landscape uses.

Are there new forms (cultivars) of this tree being raised in university nurseries?

Disease resistant varieties such as Ulmus americana ‘Valley Forge’ are promising.  However, the trees are not totally immune from the disease.


[Middle School students]

Habitat (where it likes to live)

Tall growing shade trees up to 100’ tall
The tree has a ‘vase’ shaped habit (form)
Eastern and Central North America  (Zone 2 to 9)

Requirements (what it needs to live)

Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree, Street Tree and Residential properties

Identification (what it looks like)

Sun and part shade
The ‘vase’ shaped habit of the tree is typical of the species
Susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease

[High School students]

Habit (how it grows)

Height: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 40 to 70 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Red to green
Sun: Full sun
Tolerate: Drought and air pollution

Seeds (Samaras)

Tree trunk

Shade tree

Street Tree – To provide shade for sidewalks and along the road
Residential – Shade tree in yards
Parks – Seth Hand Park


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