Princeton American Elm Tree
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Princeton American Elm Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 40-50'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Princeton American Elm

Ulmus americana 'Princeton'
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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.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 40-50'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

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The Story

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.

The Details

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 70'
Avg Mature Width 50'
Spacing 40-50'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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Princeton American Elm Tree
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