A Prince of a Tree - Now You Can Plant One in Your Yard

MAR 22

The American elm provided the ultimate in stateliness and beauty, making it the single most popular shade tree for lawns and city streets in the eastern United States. It's towering canopy and graceful, arching limbs offered unparalleled splendor.

Unfortunately, we have lost most of our American elms due to the Dutch elm disease. This disease is a fatal fungal disease is spread by airborne bark beetles. It attacks the water-conducting tissue of the tree, resulting in wilting, defoliation and death. Dutch elm disease became epidemic in the 1950's-1970's as our "Cities of Elms" quickly became "Cities of Firewood."

For decades, nursery propagators have been searching for cultivars of the American elm that would be resistant to the Dutch elm disease. The good news is that they have been successful and varieties of the American elm are now being planted in our parks, along our streets and in our yards.

One of the most common and wildly available variety is the Princeton elm. This tree has a lovely vase-shape form and grows 50-70' tall by 30-50' wide, which is not nearly as large as the straight species, which could easily grow over 100'. Very fast-growing and durable, the Princeton elm is very adaptable. Plant it in full-sun at least 20' away from existing trees or buildings. While it prefers average moisture and well-drained soil, it will adapt to dry or wet soils over time. The fall foliage is a lovely yellow.

This native cultivar provides food and shelter for migratory birds. It is also a larval host of many varieties of butterflies.

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