Ulmus rubra

Red Elm, Slippery Elm

Ulmaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Tree
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Deciduous
Noted for:Fall color, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Medium shade tree for informal settings. Somewhat coarse in texture.
Considerations:Susceptible the Dutch elm disease.
Propagation:Stem-tip cuttings. Seed.
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, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

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

Insects:
 

Larval host for question mark butterfy (Polygonia interrogationis).

Native Habitats:Rich mesic to dry mesic forests, wooded bluffs, calcareous soils.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:The edible inner bark is dried and then moistened for use as a cough medicine or as a poultice.
General Comments:This tree is subject to Dutch elm disease. While not as much a problem in Florida as further north, it should be a concern for anyone planning to use this species in a landscape setting.