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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 developed since the Dutch Elm Disease killed many of the Elms and are hybrids between American, European and Asian varieties.When mature the arching oval to pyramidal shape 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.

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#deciduous#shade tree#full sun tolerant#fall interest#street tree#disease resistant#fast growing#poor soils tolerant
 
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#deciduous#shade tree#full sun tolerant#fall interest#street tree#disease resistant#fast growing#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ulmus
    Family:
    Ulmaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid
    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
    Woody Plant 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:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Flat samara are carried by the wind
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Greenish pendulous racemes in the spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant 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
    Problems:
    Frequent Insect Problems