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Ulmus crassifolia (Elm, Cedar)

Elm, Cedar

Ulmus crassifolia

Cedar Elm is the most common of the Texas native elms, and most resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. It’s found in East Texas, thriving in the deep rich soils along riverbanks and lakes. It is highly adaptable to dry and hot places throughout Texas and ideal for any landscape with adequate drainage.  

The coarse small green leaves emerge bright green, but mature to a darker green, turning yellow in the fall. They are up to two inches long with a coarse toothed margin on the edges. The branches have a flat cork ridge on both sides.  Red-brown to red-green flowers in the fall are not very noticeable, and are wind pollinated. The slightly hairy winged samara fruits are often abundant, and fall with the leaves in the winter.

The tree itself is maintenance free and tolerant of many adverse conditions, however be aware the seeds easily germinate; pulling up or mowing down saplings may become a regular chore. 

Shade Tree


70 Feet



40 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6a

Available Sizes:

Item Description
ELM-CED-15 #015 ELM, CEDAR View Current Crop Photo
ELM-CED-30 #030 ELM, CEDAR View Current Crop Photo
ELM-CED-95 #095 ELM, CEDAR View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Needs