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Colonial Spirit® American Elm
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Get in the spirit of these long-lived American Elm trees, A strong leading legacy to make a big statement in your landscape. Colonial Spirit® American Elm is a tree you plant for generations, creating memories of climbing its branches with your siblings, to growing older and swinging in the tire swing of that same tree with your granddaughter, passing on the joy of nature. The strong branch structure and classic Elm vase shape give this tree a mighty presence growing up to 70 feet tall and 50 feet wide! A vigorous and hardy grower against Dutch Elm Disease, you can enjoy new traditions with many picnics under its shade and fall celebrations as the tree giveaway to a golden show!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
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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.
Colonial Spirit® American Elm is the ultimate shade tree, with a story of resilience and prosperity!
How to Grow
Give Colonial Spirit® 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, Colonial Spirit® 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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