Elm, Winged

S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing

Winged Elm Tree

in the Northeast Florida Landscape

Ulmus Alata ‘ Drake’ )

Winged Elm Origins: Winged Elm used as an Island bed shade tree in a commercial parking area Jacksonville Florida

– native to the south eastern United States

Winged Elm Preferred Exposure:

– full sun

Winged Elm Foliage | Bark:

– deciduous foliage of the Winged Elm tree is a deep green color

turning yellow in the fall before falling off of the tree for the winter.

– The Winged Elm is named for its quite noticeable cork like outgrowths of bark on younger limbs giving the branches a somewhat winged appearance.

Winged Elm Soil Preference / Salt tolerance:

– widely adaptable to a range of soil compositions and moisture levels

Winged Elm Size Variance:

– can reach sizes ranging from 20-40 feet H | 15-30 feet W depending on pruning done

Winged Elm Growth Habit:

– upright slightly spreading but still taller than it is wide

Winged Elm Growth Rate:

– fast growth rate

Winged Elm Bloom:

– inconspicuous blooms followed by small round papery seed pods

Winged Elm Water Requirements:

– drought tolerant once established

Winged Elm Branch up close showing peeling bark making wings off the side of the branchesBest Uses For Winged Elms:

 – Winged Elms can be used in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine landscape where a moderately fast growing shade tree is needed. Winged Elms wide adaptability to a range of soil conditions makes it fit easily into most landscape situations including use as a street trees with a confined space for the roots to grow in.

Care of Winged Elms:

– water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.

 – prune as needed for shaping or raising the canopy above sight lines or
structural impediments

– provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.

 – fertilize each spring with a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly
coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree