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Water Elm, Planer Tree
Planera aquatica


Water elm grows in wet areas, usually standing water, in the eastern part of the state. It is a small tree, usually around 25 feet, although it can grow as tall as 40 ft. It usually flowers in mid- to late February, with curious, warty fruit maturing in four to six weeks. The bark is composed of light gray to light brown scales that peel back to reveal the red-brown bark underneath.

Plant Habit or Use: small tree

Exposure: sun partial sun

Flower Color: greenish-yellow, not showy

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small seed with warty projections

Height: to 40 ft.

Width: to 35 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements: water or bog

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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