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Fall color



Cedar Elm, Basket Elm, Scrub Elm, Lime Elm, Texas Elm, Olmo, Southern Rock Elm
Ulmus crassifolia


Cedar Elm is the most widespread native elm in Texas. It grows in all areas of the eastern half of Texas except the extreme southeastern part. It is a tough, adaptable shade tree with excellent drought tolerance and beautiful golden yellow fall color. Its leaves are small and rough, and glossy green in the spring. Cedar Elm can withstand heavy, poorly drained clay soils and soils that are moderately compacted. It is the only native Texas elm that flowers and sets seed in the fall. Although it is susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease, it appears to be less of a problem with it than it is with American Elm, U. americana, or Winged Elm, U. alata.

Plant Habit or Use: medium tree large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: red-brown to red-green

Blooming Period: summer fall

Fruit Characteristics: winged samara in autumn

Height: to 90 ft.

Width: to 80 ft.

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high high

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: alkaline adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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