Olmo, Scrub Elm, Lime Elm, Fall Elm
Southern U.S. to Mexico
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
About This Plant
Sun or shade; deciduous. Cedar elm is tall, tough, and adaptable as to soil type; its small, rough leaves, twining branches, and oval canopy are easily recognized throughout south-central Texas. No other local elm flowers and sets seed in the fall; the leaves provide nice yellow fall color. Cedar elm tolerates both thin rocky soils and poorly drained clay, as well as urban conditions and root compaction; it is often employed as a street tree.
Pruning helps to maintain a healthy specimen, especially around cars and close to buildings; cedar elm tends to drop branches during high winds. Pruning cuts should only be made at a bud or branch; in general, focus on minimizing the number of dead, damaged, or rubbing limbs and removing co-dominant branching. As with any tree, remove no more than 25% of the canopy during any five-year cycle. In general, leave the upper 2/3 of the crown uncut; avoid removing more than the lowest third of the tree in a single pruning period. Mulch with about 2″ of woodchips or pine bark wherever possible. (The mulched area should be six feet at minimum.)
45-50' H, 30-40' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Thin
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
Brown, Green, Red
Cedar elms are one of the trees most likely to suffer damage from high winds.