Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’
The Princeton elm (Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’) is the king of all shade trees. This ornamental tree features a stately vase shape with an overhead arch. If you want the ultimate street tree, this is definitely the elm for you. These elms are extremely adaptable and very hardy. For that classic look, make sure to select the Princeton elm for your yard.
Princeton Elm Attributes
The Princeton elm is often called the American elm. It is a medium to a large deciduous tree that grows to a height of 60 to 80 feet. This tree features a vase-shaped, broad-rounded crown. In the spring, small green flowers appear on the branches before the leaves emerge. Eventually, wafer-like samaras replace those flowers. The leaves reach full size around April to May. The Princeton elm’s leaves are rough-textured and measure 6 inches long. Throughout the growing season, you will enjoy the dark green foliage. During the fall, the elm’s leaves turn into a shade of yellow.
Plant Type: Tree
Watering Needs: Moderate
Botanical Pronunciation: UL-mus a-mer-i-KA-na
Growth rate: Fast
- Average landscape size: Height 50-70 feet, Width 30-50 feet
Special features: Drought resistance, Air Pollution resistance
Foliage color: Dark Green
Blooms: Early spring
Flower color: Greenish red in spring
Flower attributes: Insignificant, small 3-4 flowered clusters on 1-inch pedicels
- Design Ideas: Residential and parks, City parkway, Wide median, Restricted sites
Companion Plants: Corneliancherry Dogwood, J.N. Strain Musclewood, and Eastern Redbud
Princeton Elm Landscape Uses
You might want to add a few Princeton elms to create a natural grove. However, it is vital to give these elms plenty of space to grow. Like other trees, make an impressive display in your yard by clustering these trees with ornamental grasses or shrubs. The Princeton elm truly shines as a street tree. Since they are hardier than other elms, plant them with confidence along roadways or sidewalks. Not only will these trees add beauty to your yard, but they give you plenty of shade for the summer.
Princeton Elm Planting and Care
The Princeton elm makes a stunning addition to your landscape. Under the best care, you can expect these trees to last for 100 years. The Princeton elm should only be grown in full sunshine. It can adapt to various ground conditions, including a bit of standing water. This elm is not particular to soil pH or type. If you want to prune the Princeton elm, it should be done after the threat of extreme weather has passed.
Add the Majestic Princeton Elm To Your Landscape
Ulmus americana 'Princeton
If you are ready to bring home the Princeton elm to your landscape, reach out to Arbor Valley Nursery. Our team can help you find the perfect plants, shrubs, grasses, or flowers for your outdoor spaces. We are a wholesale tree nursery that specializes in providing products to garden centers, commercial landscaping businesses, and nurseries. With our large inventory, we will assist you with your landscaping needs. For more information about this Princeton elm or any other tree, please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.