The American elm has a unique natural vase shape and a very nice
yellow gold color.
It's an enormous tree, grows quickly and tolerates all kinds of
difficulties from vehicle exhaust to poor soil.
Not many American elms (Ulmus americana) remain in the
landscape. A fungus disease dubbed "Dutch Elm disease" swept the
continent in the 1960's and 1970's, killing as many as a billion of
these trees. The disease remains established in the environment so
that it is unwise to plant any but disease-resistant varieties or
Its blooms are not generally recognized as such. Yet the tiny
flowering structures are borne in dense masses, as are the seed
pods, so that the whole plant may be an impressive yellow green in