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Ulmus americana var. floridana

 Florida Elm

A very attractive fast growing shade or background tree that prefers damp locations.

Florida Elm


Florida Elm leaves showing late winter color change. Click to enlarge.

Florida Elm bark. Click to enlarge.

Plant Facts:

Common Name:   Florida elm

Botanical Name:   Ulmus americana var. floridana

Plant Type:  Deciduous tree

Zones: 2-10

Height:  60-80'

Soil Requirements:  Prefers damp locations.

Water Requirements: Low drought tolerance.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade.

Leaves:  Ovate to oblong, dark green 4-6" long with a saw-toothed edge. Turn yellow in fall before dropping.

Flowers: Small greenish-red.

Fruit: Green, rounded 1/2" samara.

Uses:  Beautiful background or shade tree. Grows quickly (about 6' per year).

Propagation:  Seeds, cuttings.

Source:  Native Florida Plants: Low-Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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