Ulmus alata

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Winged Elm


Plant Specifics

Size:40-70 ft tall by 30-40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms early spring. Live span likely less than 100 yrs (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Floodplains, slopes, well-drained forests.


Recommended Uses:Makes an excellent specimen tree due to the corky wings on its twigs. Older speciments are good shade trees.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Important early spring food for songbirds.

Larval host for the question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)