Siberian elm - Ulmaceae Ulmus pumila


Common NameSiberian elm
iTree CodeULPU

Plant Form

FormTree: narrow irregular crown
Height70 feet
Spread50 feet

Identification Description

Foliagedark green, small (1-2") oval with a pointed tip, doubly serrate edges Leaf Type  Information Icon Simple
Barkgray with irregular shallow furrows; often with tan/white streaks from wet wood infection
Budtiny, dark brown/black; leaf buds: small slightly pointed; flower buds: rounded with hairs (ciliate) along scales Bud Arrangement Information Icon Alternate
Twigvery slender, gray/brown; numerous small twigs; zig-zag appearance
Flowergreen, in clusters and drooping; small
Fruitsmall circular samaras with papery wing, deeply notched; often very numerous
Fall Colorbrown, yellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zones pH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3a Min5.5 SoilModerate
Max9a Max8.0 SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
Intolerant High No

Species Status

Nebraska Native
U.S. Native
Region of OriginRussia, China, Korea
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