Audubon® Princeton American Elm
Shipping Autumn of 2022
Princeton Elm brings us back to the days when gas was 17 cents a gallon and streets were shaded by the arching canopies of magnificent American Elm trees. Though Dutch Elm Disease brought down many of those noble old trees, a few proved to be resistant, and Princeton Elm is one. This fast-growing all-American classic can line your street in style once more, or you can plant it in the backyard to shade a picnic table, horseshoe pit, badminton net, or hammock, and you and your family can rediscover together those simple pleasures of days gone by.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, thrushes, chickadees, sparrows, and grosbeaks
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
Size A (5-6' tall) container grown
Size B (8-9' tall) container grown
Size C (14-16' tall) grown as balled & burlapped
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
The Princeton Nursery was founded in Kingston New Jersey by William Flemer Sr. in 1913. After years of searching for a new site to grow his business, Flemer chose Kingston for its nutrient rich soil and location which was halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Flemer continued to buy land and property to provide housing for his many employees. At its peak the nursery grew to 1200 acres and was the largest commercial nursery in the United States. Through the Great Depression the nursery survived by growing farm crops and using German prisoners of war for labor. William Flemer III, specialized in breeding and introduced many new varieties of shade and ornamental trees. The nursery was granted dozens of patents including the disease resistant Princeton Elm. The nursery closed in 2010 but more than 240 acres of the nursery have been preserved along with 25 historic structures. Here you can still find many of the beautiful trees introduced and planted by the Flemer family.
Now if the folks at Princeton were smart (and I'm assuming they are) they would have tons of these Elms planted all over the campus. Princeton American Elm is the ultimate in shade trees! This fast-growing, iconic tree has an upright, vase-shape with great resistance to Dutch Elm disease. Dark green leathery foliage changes to yellow in fall. An excellent street or lawn tree.
How to Grow
Princeton Elm is an easily transplanted, fast growing tree that will get right to work building a majestic, arching canopy. In full sun is where it wants to be. Princeton is tolerant of occasional flooding and can cope with salty soils, although trees such as this that have a troublesome enemy to contend with should be given the best site and the best care possible. They need to be strong and healthy enough to fight off attacks. Though it is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, Princeton is not completely immune.
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Size A Trees:
5-6' tall, grown and delivered in a container. Although this size tree can be handled by one person its large container, stem and overall branching prevent it from fitting into a box. A van or SUV will be needed to bring this native home.
Size B Trees:
8-9' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This tree is BIG! It won't take long for this fast growing Elm to become a staple in your landscape. A truck or trailer will be needed to bring home to your feathered friends.
Size C Trees:
14-16' tall, grown and shipped as balled & burlapped. This Elm is HUGE! A tree this size will look like it has already been growing in you landscape for years! It is suggested a professional move and install this size tree.
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