At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Ulmaceae
Latin Name: Ulmus crassifolia
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Golden yellow
Bloom: Insignificant
Bloom Time: September
Shape: Rounded to vase shaped
Bark: Gray and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 50 to 70 feet
Spread: 40 to 60 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

A native of Texas—and widespread throughout south central North America from northwestern Florida to northeastern Mexico—the Cedar Elm (unsurprisingly also known as the Texas Cedar Elm) is often found in flat valley bottoms. Belonging to the Ulmaceae family, the Ulmus Crassifolia (translated to mean “thick-leafed elm”) is a characteristic member of the elm tree variety given its rounded vase-shaped structure, subdued flowers, and dark, deciduous foliage.

Flourishing best in medium, well-drained soils, the Cedar Elm favors full sun and has a 6-9 hardiness zone rating. This species is unfortunately susceptible to the Dutch elm disease, the elm leaf beetle (though not severe), and mistletoe. Owing to this, the Cedar Elm is a respectively rare cultivar in North America, and even rarer in Europe. However, if cultivated carefully, the Cedar Elm can prove to be a resilient beauty of a tree, tolerating both excessive moisture and excessive heat with very little care or maintenance.

The Cedar Elm can grow to heights of 50-70 ft., and its slightly weeping branches may spread out to encompass a range of 40-60 ft. Its reddish-brown or reddish-green flowers emerge in late summer and early autumn, giving way to winged samara and opulent golden-yellow foliage. Its seeds are preferred by many bird species; squirrels, in particularly, greatly favor the tree’s buds and nuts. The bark of a younger Cedar Elm is smooth and reddish-brown, with interesting “winged” cork growths along its branches that sometimes cause confusion, making it easy to mistake a Cedar Elm for a Winged Elm. These wings soon fall off, and the Cedar Elm’s bark itself darkens to gray and becomes furrowed with age. Its timber is hard and heavy, prized for its exceptional shock resistance, and has been used to craft a variety of products ranging from barrels to caskets and from bee frames to fence posts.