Siberian Elm

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

Overview

Siberian elm trees are often promoted as trees for instant shade. Trees are fast growing, but are also prone to problems in the landscape and are not recommended for residential planting.

Hardiness- zones 4 though 9

Growth Rate- rapid

Mature Shape- rounded, open crown with large descending branches

Height- 50 feet to 70 feet

Width- 40 feet to 60 feet

Site Requirements- sun, tolerant of a range of soils, including poor soil

Features- Siberian elm trees are prone to attack by the elm leaf beetle. Trees have brittle wood and are susceptible to damage in strong winds and ice storms.

Recommended Varieties for Iowa- Siberian elms are not recommended for use as landscape trees.