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 Mockingbirds and admire the gorgeous colors of a 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.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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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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