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Elm, Cedar Ulmus crassifolia

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Zones 6 - 9 Zones 6 - 9
Hardiness Zones 6 - 9
The Cedar Elm can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the zone map. View Map
Ornamental Tree Ornamental Tree
Type of tree
Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
50' - 70' High 50' - 70' High
Mature Height
The Cedar Elm grows to be 50' - 70' feet in height.
40' - 60' Spread 40' - 60' Spread
Mature Spread
The Cedar Elm has a spread of about 40' - 60' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
This elm does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
The Cedar Elm grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wet, wide range, clay soils.
Rounded Shape Rounded Shape
This elm has rounded, vase shape.

The Cedar Elm is drought tolerant once established, and is a low-maintenance shade tree if maintained by a regular pruning schedule.


Cedar Elm should be grown in full sun on well-drained soil, acid or alkaline. It is very drought-tolerant once established and tolerates wet soil well.

Wildlife Value

Seeds from trees such as the Cedar Elm are used by wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, squirrels, deer, and songbirds. Dead Cedar Elms provide nesting sites for cavity-dwelling birds.


The Cedar Elm is a favorite street tree for towns in the desert southwest due to its ability to survive in difficult soil types with very little care.


The Cedar Elm is very drought tolerant and exists well in ground that is periodically saturated.


This tree has green leaves in summer that turn a lovely yellow in fall.

Flower Color

The Cedar Elm has light-green blooms.

Bloom Time

It blooms in early summer.

Fruit Description

This tree produces small, round green fruit.