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Common Name: Winged Elm

Other Name: Cork Elm

Species Name: Ulmus alata

Family Name: Ulmaceae, Elm Family





Plant Facts  
Origin North America
Duration Perrenial 
Distribution in the U.S. Eastern half of the state
Sun Preference Full Sun
Susceptibility Dutch elm disease, phloem necrosis, powdery mildew, mites and scale



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics
    • Readily recognized by planar papery bark along twigs; “winged”
    • Small, alternate, serrated leaves
    • Bark light gray-brown; irregularly furrowed
    • Fruit brown, hairy and winged
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Blade Edge: Double-serrated
    • Leaf Blade Length: 3-6 centimeters
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: Absent
    • Flower Timing: March-April
    • Fruit Type: Samaras



Soil Preference Adapted to most soil conditions
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone
Notes Drought and heat tolerant; ‘Lace Parasol’ is an interesting weeping cultivar


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