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Ulmus americana 'Princeton'

Family: Ulmaceae (ulm-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ulmus (ULM-us) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Princeton

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 26, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is the most commonly planted American elm cultivar today.

There are now a few cultivars with proven tolerance for Dutch Elm Disease. Controlled testing shows this is one. It also shows resistance to elm leaf beetle.

Classic American elm vase-shaped habit.

Suitable for specimen use where there's enough space. Space at least 50' apart. Mature height is 60-80' or greater.

Pest and disease issues suggest that the mass planting of a single cultivar is inadvisable.

Positive azfred On Apr 15, 2011, azfred from Tonopah, AZ wrote:

Grows Well In the Phoenix, Az area

Positive jgroend On Jun 30, 2007, jgroend from Cordova, TN wrote:

We bought two 3ft tall 1/2 inch diameter trees in spring 2002. One of them has gone crazy and is now 35 ft or so and the trunk is nearly 9 inches in diameter. The other one is about 25 ft tall and 6 inches in diameter. They were $50 apiece in 2002 and I consider them one of our better investments. They are planted about 65 feet apart in our front yard to someday (sooner than later I expect) provide the beautiful cathedral-like arched canopy only an American Elm can provide. My folks planted one in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1954 and that plant is still alive and thriving- you just can't beat some memories.

Positive lkz5ia On Nov 19, 2006, lkz5ia from Denison, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

My tree is growing fast like what we expect from an american elm. Only problem is that they cost alot. Bring the glory back to the countryside, plant an DED-resistant american elm.

Neutral darylmitchell On Sep 6, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

This is a variety of the true elm, Ulmus americana, not a hybrid. Supposedly this elm has shown high resistance to the Dutch Elm Disease fungus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tonopah, Arizona
Wellborn, Florida
Saint John, Indiana
Denison, Iowa
Kingman, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Cordova, Tennessee

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