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Elm, Cedar
Elm, Cedar
Elm, Cedar

Elm, Cedar

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Elm, Cedar
Scientific Name: Ulmus crassifolia

History/general species info: Most widespread native elm in Texas. Called Cedar Elm because of the rough, cedar scale-like texture of the leaves. Also known as Cedar Elm, Fall Elm, Basket Elm, Scrub Elm, Lime Elm, Texas Elm, Southern Rock Elm, Olmo. 

Characteristics: Large deciduous tree. Fast growing. Long living. Tough, adaptable shade tree with excellent drought tolerance and beautiful the leaves turn a golden yellow for fall color. Its leaves are small and rough, and glossy green in the spring. Young trees have corky "wings" on their branches. 

Native: No, but is in parts of Texas

Flower: red-brown to red-green

Planting / Care: Large deciduous tree. Fast growing and long living in sand and clay loam. Withstands drought and heavy, infertile soils. Low water requirement once established. Not salt tolerant.

Size and Spacing: Height: 60   Spread: 50’

Light requirement: Part shade. 

Wildlife: Butterflies - The Mourning Cloak and Question Mark butterflies use it for larval food. Birds

Links: 

Aggie Horticulture:
https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/ULMUSCRASSIFOLIA.HTM

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower center: 
https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ulcr

Arbor Day Foundation:
https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=1075

NSPOT: https://npsot.org/wp/story/2011/1687/

Photo credit: Ernie Edmonson, Texas A&M