Picture Snob

January 26, 2011

The Chinese Elm--another shade tree possiblity!


The Chinese Elm is resistent to Dutch ELm disease and also to the beetles that attack the American Elm. The Forest Service site has an article on it calling it the "Weed of the Week". Any tree that falls in the "weed" catagory gets my interest.

" It is almost evergreen in mild climates. The small leaves are dark green and shiny, alternate, elliptical to ovate, serrated, and 1.5 to 2.4 inches long. Fall foliage is yellow, gold, orange, red, purple, and green, in early- to mid-November. Greenish-yellow flower occur in the leaf axils with inflorescences opening in August and early September. Fruits are lime green, quickly maturing to a deep russet in September and October. The seeds are winged and are dispersed primarily by the wind. This moderate to rapid growth tree can reach a mature trunk diameter of 3 to 4 feet and often forks to produce a vase shape. Young bark is a flaky brown-gray color, but mature bark is an exfoliating, mottled, and flaky combination of gray, green, orange, tan, and red-brown as seen in the photo above. This species develops a rounded crown with very fine branches."

It sounds good to me. I like that it adapts to poor soils which is what it will be experiencing here, and also dry conditions. It escapes in urban areas which gets it the "weed" moniker, but I doubt I have anything to fear considering my heavy clay soild and summer drought conditions.

At 2 Chinese Elm Trees!

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at January 26, 2011 2:41 AM
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