Ulmus rubra

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

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Red Elm, Slippery Elm


Plant Specifics

Size:40-60 ft tall by 30-50 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Habitats:Rich mesic to dry mesic forests, wooded bluffs, calcareous soils.


Recommended Uses:Medium shade tree for informal settings. Somewhat coarse in texture.
Light: Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely 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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



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

Larval host for question mark butterfy (Polygonia interrogationis).