This native elm is generally not used as a landscape tree because of its coarse texture and susceptibility to elm diseases.


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About Slippery Elm

Ulmus rubra, commonly called slippery elm, is a medium sized, coarse-textured, somewhat weedy, deciduous tree that typically grows to 40-60’ (less frequently to 100’) tall with a vase-shaped to broad-rounded crown.

It is distinguished by its downy twigs, red-hairy buds (particularly noticable in winter) and slimy red inner bark (rubra meaning red).

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name slippery elm
Maximum Reachable Height 40.00 to 60.00 feet
Flower Colour Reddish-green
Bloom Time March to April
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Use mulch.
  • To help conserve water, reduce stress, and encourage healthy growth, apply a 2- to 4-inch layer of chopped and shredded leaves, grass clippings, or shredded bark around the base of your plant.
  • Allow about an inch of space between the mulch and the base stem of the plant.

    Slippery Elm care

    Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of light shade. Prefers rich, moist loams. Adapts to both wet and dry sites. Generally tolerant of urban conditions.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil well-drained soil
    Temperature 4° to 21° C (40° to 70° F)
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Slippery Elm special feature

    Insect visitors include borers, leaf miner, beetles, mealy bugs, caterpillars and scale.

    Slippery Elm uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Slippery elm is a tree
    • The inner bark (not the whole bark) is used as medicine
    • People take slippery elm for coughs, sore throat, colic, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder and urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, and for expelling tapeworms

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Slippery Elm ?

    Slippery Elm is commonly known as slippery elm

    How tall do Slippery Elm grow?

    On average Slippery Elm grows 40.00 to 60.00 feet

    What color are Slippery Elm ?

    A Slippery Elm plant bears flowers of color Reddish-green

    When Slippery Elm blooms?

    With enough light, Slippery Elm may produce Reddish-green flowers in March to April

    How hard is Slippery Elm to grow?

    A Slippery Elm is easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Slippery Elm need?

    A Slippery Elm prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

    How much water does a Slippery Elm need?

    A Slippery Elm prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Slippery Elm need?

    A Slippery Elm prefers well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Slippery Elm like?

    A Slippery Elm prefers 4° to 21° C (40° to 70° F)

    How often should I fertilize my Slippery Elm ?

    To encourage Slippery Elm growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Monday, 11 November 2019

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