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Audubon® Jefferson American Elm
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The Jefferson American Elm tree, a legacy in the American Elm family. This impressive tree, with its gorgeous architecture, has graced the National Mall's landscape in Washington DC for over 70 years and will serve your garden just as faithfully. Picnic under the shade of the stately broad vase-shaped canopy, and listen to the songs of Northern Mockingbirds and admire the gorgeous colors of a Northern Cardinal resting on the well-structured branches. Grosbeaks, chickadees, and finches may benefit from the smooth green nuts as an afternoon snack. This long-lived tree will become an elegant addition to your landscape; just wait as it gets all dressed up in gold as the fall season begins. This refined selection of trees holds the warm memories your garden doesn't want to live without and the important benefits our local wildlife needs.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, chickadees & titmice, mockingbirds & thrashers, wood warblers, sparrows, nuthatches, wrens, thrushes, crows & jays, cardinals & grosbeaks, waxwings, orioles, woodpeckers, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
Grand old American Elms once lined our streets, their lofty, arching canopies meeting overhead and casting cooling shade below. In the 1930s, an accidentally imported disease began killing these gentle giants. By the 1950s and ’60s, millions of trees had died. But not all! Contrary to what many people believe, some American Elms were able to survive. The two largest survivors live in Baltimore, Maryland, and Chesapeake, Virginia. The Maryland tree is 112 feet tall and 84 feet wide; the Virginia specimen is 110 feet by 116 feet. Both have trunks that are more than six feet in diameter.
How to Grow
Give your Jefferson American Elm a position in full sun in deep, fertile, well-drained soil. Water regularly and mulch with wood chips or bark to keep the rootzone cool and moist. This is not a fussy tree, and it will grow in less-than-ideal conditions, but because of the continued threat of Dutch Elm disease, it should not be subjected to any unnecessary stresses. Your tree may be resistant to the disease, but it may not be immune. In good conditions, Jefferson American Elm is a fast-growing tree, and it will get right to work creating choice bird habitat and cooling shade.
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Size C Trees:
12-14' tall, grown and delivered as balled & burlapped. This tree is HUGE! This Elm will look like it has been growing in your landscape for years! It is recommended to have a professional move and install this size tree.
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