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Red Elm, Slippery Elm
|Size:||40-60 ft tall by 30-50 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Fall color, Interesting foliage|
|Recommended Uses:||Medium shade tree for informal settings. Somewhat coarse in texture.|
|Considerations:||Susceptible the Dutch elm disease.|
|Propagation:||Stem-tip cuttings. Seed.|
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|
Seeds used by songbirds when little else is available. Used for nesting.
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
Suitable to grow in:
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|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.|