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Princeton Elm

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Undisputably the most ornamental of all shade trees, a stately vase-shaped specimen, the ultimate street tree forming an overhead arch, very hardy and extremely adaptable; has some disease resistance

Characteristics

Species:
americana
Other Species Names:
American Elm, Water Elm, Gray Elm, Swamp Elm
Average Landscape Height:
45 feet
Average Landscape Width:
30 feet
Genus:
Ulmus
Cultivar:
Princeton
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
high
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
gold
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Princeton Elm is primarily valued in the landscape for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The large serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Princeton Elm is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Princeton Elm will grow to be about 45 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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