Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees - Page 20

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

Large trees

  • Maximum height
    70 feet
  • Relative growth rate
    Excellent
  • Freedom from insect pests
    Very poor
  • Freedom from disease problems
    Poor
  • Resistance to storm damage
    Very poor
  • Will grow on poorly drained soil
    Good
  • Will grow in hot, dry areas
    Excellent
  • Easy to transplant
    Excellent
  • Withstands city conditions
    Good

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.