Ulmus alata - Winged elm
About eighteen species of elm are native to North America, Europe
and Asia. Dutch Elm Disease decimated the
American elm in the eastern United
States. Formerly, it was an important timber
tree. Several elms are cultivated today as shade trees. Winged elm is native to
the southeastern United
States. It is a deciduous tree. The common
name refers to the corky ridges usually found on its branches. Reportedly, it
is somewhat suseptible to Dutch Elm Disease. For this reason, it might be best
grown as a single specimen or in small numbers, not planted in large numbers.
Winged elm is an easy shade tree for the landscape but is
not commonly available in nurseries. Ridges on the stems give this plant a very
distinctive appearance in winter when it is deciduous.
See this tree south of building 2.
Medium-sized tree to about fifty feet or more.
Light: full sun
Water: moderately drought tolerant
Soil: average soil, wide pH tolerance, no special requirements
This native tree grows well in northeast Florida in a sunny site with soil that is not excessively wet or dry.