(Ulmus americana)
The Elm Family (Ulmaceae)

A fast growing, long-lived tree with a graceful, broad spreading crown and strong wood. The leaves, which are usually rough-textured and uneven at the base, are deciduous and alternately arranged. The base of the trunk is often buttressed like a cypress tree.


Deciduous woodlands and bottomlands, along rivers and in fields.

Interesting Facts: 

Was once a common urban tree in most of the United States until the1930s when Dutch elm disease devastated the elm population; however, disease resistant varieties are now available.

.375“-.5” long, wafer-like samara (a winged seed pod), green turning yellow as it matures, located at the end of long stalk.
Reddish; 1” long drooping, bundled clusters each on a long stalk.
Wildlife value: 
The fruit are eaten by birds, and the leaves and twigs are eaten by deer, opossum and cottontail rabbit. It is a larval host and nectar source for many butterflies and moths.
Leaf type: 
Wildlife value: 
Tree dimensions: 

Leaf length: 3.00-6.00 inches
Tree height: 60.00-100.00 feet

Where to find American Elm on the Louisiana State Arboretum Trails:

WAB - Walker Branch Trail 7.0

TER - Walker Terrace 6.0

WET - Wetland Trail 11.0

Refer to our Live Map to locate this species and its interpretative signage on the trail system.