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Ulmus 'Homestead'

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ULM-us
Description

Homestead elm is a hybrid elm with resistance to Dutch elm disease. Hybrids have been being researched ever since the devastating Dutch Elm Disease appeared in the 1930s and are crosses of the American, European and Asia elms. It has an arching oval to pyramidal shape when mature and makes a great shade or street tree.

Homestead is adaptable to a wide range of soil types including poor soils and is reasonably drought tolerant once established. Plant in full sun and away from concrete due to the aggressive root system. It can benefit from pruning to strengthen the form.

Homestead can be susceptible to elm leaf beetle.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#tree#street tree#fast growing#resistant to Dutch Elm Disease#poor soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#shade tree#tree#street tree#fast growing#resistant to Dutch Elm Disease#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ulmus
    Family:
    Ulmaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 40 ft. 0 in. - 60 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Oval
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Insignificant
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Greenish pendulous racemes in the spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Doubly Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4 inch long and half as wide dark green oval leaves with pointed tips and fine hairs on the undersides. The fall color is straw yellow.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    The bark is smooth and gray, becoming fissured with interlacing flat ridges in old age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Young stems are brown to gray and smooth.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Street Tree
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Rabbits