Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees
- Maximum height
- Relative growth rate
- Freedom from insect pests
- Freedom from disease problems
- Resistance to storm damage
- Will grow on poorly drained soil
- Will grow in hot, dry areas
- Easy to transplant
- Withstands city conditions
The Siberian elm is better known in this country as the Chinese elm than it is by its correct common name. The true Chinese elm, a small tree native to central and southern China, is not commonly grown in the central United States.
About the only desirable characteristic of the Siberian elm is its ability to grow in areas where few other trees will survive. It is short-lived, has some serious insect problems and is highly susceptible to storm damage. The Siberian elm should never be seriously considered for planting except in areas where few other trees will grow.