American Elm

Ulmus americana

A beautiful shade tree that once graced cities and towns nationwide, the American elm was devastated by Dutch elm disease from the 1950’s on. Fortunately, disease-resistant strains are now available, and the elm can again be enjoyed for its elegant vase shaped crown, distinct saw-toothed leaves, yellow fall foliage, and its ability to thrive in tough urban environments.

Size and Light Requirements

The American elm is a quick grower if located in full sun, providing overhead shade in as little as 30 years when it will reach approximately 30-40 feet in height.

Plant This Tree

You can get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Josh*m, Kathryn 1, Kathryn 2, dogtooth77, Matt Lavin 1, Matt Lavin 2