Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Height: 40-60 feet; 12-18 metres Spread: 30-50 feet; 9.0-15 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Medium Wildlife: Seeds of slippery elm are eaten by birds and small mammals. Larval host for Question Mark butterfly, Mourning Cloak and Columbia Silkmoth. Bloom Colour: Reddish-green Tolerates: Drought; air pollution Culture: Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of light shade. Prefers rich, moist loams. Adapts to both wet and dry sites. Noteworthy Characteristics: Slippery elm is a medium sized, coarse-textured, deciduous tree with a vase-shaped to broad-rounded crown. It is distinguished by its downy twigs, red-hairy buds (particularly noticeable in winter) and slimy red inner bark. Leaves often emerge with a red tinge. Leaves typically turn an undistinguished dull yellow in the fall. Garden Uses: Native landscaping; Susceptible to elm diseases.
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