The Princeton elm exhibits good resistance to Dutch elm disease (DED) and demonstrates resistance to elm beetles as well. This large, fast-growing tree is tolerant of many adverse site conditions.
This plant is a cultivar of a species that is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research. Cultivars are plants produced in cultivation by selective breeding or via vegetative propagation from wild plants identified to have desirable traits.
All Common Names:
- Residential and parks,
- City parkway,
- Wide median,
- Restricted sites
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought,
- Wet sites,
- Occasional flooding,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
- Fall color
Season of Interest:
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Migrant birds
Tree & Plant Care
Generally, elms prefer sun.
Adapt easily to extremes in soil pH, moisture and heat and wind tolerance.
Elms should be pruned in the dormant season.
Disease, pests, and problems
Elm yellows, elm phloem necrosis, elm leaf miner and verticillium wilt are potential problems.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
This cultivar has good resistance to Dutch elm disease and some resistance to elm leaf beetle.
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
This is a cultvated species of a native tree.
Bark color and texture
The dark gray bark is ridged and furrowed.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, oval, pointed leaves have doubly toothed margins. Leaf is shorter on one side of center vein than on the other. Dark green in summer, changing to yellow fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous flowers in early spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Seed in small oval samara (seed case with wings for wind dispersal).