Cedar Elm Details

Cedar Elm

  • Botanical Name: Ulmus crassifolia
  • Plant Type: Shade Tree
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Shade Provider
  • Ornamental Value:
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Birds
  • Season:
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Upright, Spreading
  • Plant Spread: 60'
  • Plant Height: 80'


Each tree is uniquely shaped. Small, sandpaper-like leaves and rough, corky bark. Grows well in all soils, but grows best in deep soils.

The cedar elm is a widespread native to the North Texas area. It is one of the most adaptable trees available, and is an excellent choice for a street site or other restricted site where you need height from a tree.

It's important to note that winged elms, which don't grow well in North Texas, are often mistaken for cedar elms in the nursery trade. You can differentiate the two by rubbing a few of their leaves. The top of a cedar elm's leaf will be rough like sandpaper and a winged elm's leaves will generally be smooth and slick.

In general, cedar elms don't have problems, but sometimes they develop aphids, spider mites, sooty mold, and mistletoe.

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