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G6800, Revised June 2008

Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

Large trees

The Siberian elm is better known in this country as the Chinese elm than it is by its correct common name. The true Chinese elm, a small tree native to central and southern China, is not commonly grown in the central United States.

About the only desirable characteristic of the Siberian elm is its ability to grow in areas where few other trees will survive. It is short-lived, has some serious insect problems and is highly susceptible to storm damage. The Siberian elm should never be seriously considered for planting except in areas where few other trees will grow.

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