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Slippery Elm - Plant

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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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Description for 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).

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
slippery elmReddish-greenMarch to April 40.00 to 60.00 feeteasy to grow

Planting and 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.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shadewell-drained soilMedium 4° to 21° C (40° to 70° F)Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Slippery Elm

  • 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.

Typical uses of Slippery Elm

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

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.

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a926

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