Ulmus rubra ~ Slippery Elm-ServeScape
Ulmus rubra ~ Slippery Elm-ServeScape
Ulmus rubra ~ Slippery Elm-ServeScape
Ulmus rubra ~ Slippery Elm-ServeScape

Slippery Elm

Ulmus rubra

Regular price$11.19
  • We currently have 0 in stock.
  • Inventory on the way
  • Guaranteed locally grown
  • Delivery ONLY to Metro Atlanta & Athens within 5-7 business days
  • Pickup in 3-5 business days from our Switchyard in Chamblee
           (Mon & Fri 3pm-6pm - 3708 N Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA)
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Planning to install this tree yourself? We recommend a size 15 Gallon or smaller for do it yourself installations. These small sizes do not require any offloading equipment!
Trees that are sized by height or caliper are delivered with a large root ball wrapped in burlap. They require heavy equipment to install. We recommend working with a contractor for installation! They can also provide the equipment necessary for offloading the tree upon delivery. We will coordinate delivery with you so that your contractor has equipment ready upon your trees arrival! OR check the box below for ServeScape to provide offloading equipment for an additional fee.

Slippery Elm is a native deciduous tree with a vase-shaped to broad rounded crown, downy twigs, and red buds that are noticeable in winter.  The serrated, rough dark green leaves with asymmetrical bases often emerge with a red tint and turn an undistinguished dull yellow in fall.  Inconspicuous red flowers bloom in spring before the foliage and give way to papery wing-like seed pods that mature mid-spring.  Grows best with full sun and rich, moist well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade.

Ulmus rubra is host plant for several butterfly and moth species.




40’ - 60’


30’ - 50’



USDA Hardiness Zone: 

3 - 9


Full Sun

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MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Elms are susceptible to Dutch Elm disease and phloem necrosis, which is fatal,  and wetwood which causes dieback.  Other potential issues include wilts, rots, canker, leaf spots as well as pests such as miners, borers, and scale. 

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland Gardens, Rock GardensPonds and Streams, and Shade Tree.

COMPANION PLANTS: Eastern Redbud, Dogwood, Musclewood

IMAGES: Photo by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mature Ulmus rubra in graveyard  (2) anonymous, Ulmus rubra flowersCC BY-SA 3.0, (3) Photo by David J. Stang, Ulmus rubra 9zzCC BY-SA 4.0, (4) Photo by David J. Stang, Ulmus rubra 10zzCC BY-SA 4.0

*As plants have ranges in appearance they may not appear as the images shown.

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