Elm: a useful and ornamental tree

The elm is a tree of great beauty, for its foliage but also for the imposing size it can reach as an adult.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Ulmus
Family : Ulmaceae
Type : Tree

: 15 to 25 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

: Expired -Flowering : March

Widely used in parks, forests and large gardens, it is unfortunately not ideal for small gardens.

Elm plantation

It is recommended to plant elm in the fall to promote rooting before winter.

Find a place for it where it will have room, because it can grow very quickly.

  • Follow our planting tips.

Elm pruning and maintenance

No pruning is really necessary.

You can prune it to ventilate it when it has grown considerably, preferably when it has lost its leaves.

To know about elm

The elm is a very beautiful tree that is also used for quality of its wood, hard and moisture resistant. this makes it an ideal lumber.

It will find its place in your garden in an isolated way but it is also often found along roads or rivers.

It forms a very beautiful curtain, especially in summer when its light green leaves are sparkling.

From most common varieties, we find :

  • Field elm, smooth elm
  • Mountain elms
  • American white elm

Lifespan of an elm:

Depending on the variety, it is around a hundred years old, but field elm can live up to 500 years.

Elm diseases

Elm is regularly affected by a fungus called Dutch elm disease.

Smart tip

A mulching is recommended. This will prevent weed growth, maintain humidity in the summer, and protect the roots from the cold winter.


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