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American Elm Seedling

American Elm Seedling

Species: Ulmus americana

History: American Elm is native from Nova Scotia west to Alberta and south to Florida. Its height and appealing form made it desirable as street trees and it was planted widely in North America. This unfortunately made it susceptible to the arrival of Dutch Elm Disease, first recorded in North America in 1928, which led to the decimation of the species. There are many prominent elm trees throughout history, marked either for their size or the historical events that took place near them such as the Washington Elm under which it is said George Washington took command of the American army in 1775 or the Survivor Tree which survived the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 with debris embedded in it. Many of these trees have sadly either been lost to time or Dutch Elm Disease. 

Why We Grow It: Despite their susceptibility to certain pests and diseases like Dutch Elm Disease, American Elms are extremely tough trees that can tolerate harsh cold and a variety of adverse conditions that other trees cannot handle. They grow quickly, get quite tall, and are quite attractive, making it easy to see why they were so popular as street trees. Their leaves are high in potassium and calcium which also makes them great for compost teas. It is believed that one in 100,000 trees are resistant to Dutch Elm Disease and by planting seedlings perhaps we can improve the genetic diversity of these trees and find more resistant individuals. 

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2

Soil Preference: Prefers rich loamy soils but is adaptable to different kinds and conditions

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Tree generally reaches 30m tall but can get 45m tall, vigorous. Susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease, elm yellows, verticillium wilt, several species of elm beetles, and Japanese beetle.

Sun/Shade: Partial to full sun (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Recommended Use: Ornamental, ecological, compost teas

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Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

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