Ulmus crassifolia

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Cedar Elm


Plant Specifics

Size:40-80 ft tall by 20-40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Interesting bark, Fall color, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Can be used as a street tree. Yellow fall color.
Considerations:While not known to occur in Florida, this species is potentially susceptible to  Dutch elm disease.
Propagation:Seed, cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Seeds used by birds when little else is available. Used for nesting. 


Larval food for the Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)

Native Habitats:Floodplain forest, hydric hammock, bottomland forest. On limestone.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:While this tree has a limited native distribution in Florida, it also occurs as far west as Texas in similar types of settings.