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American Elm ‘Princeton’ | Plant Profile

American Elm ‘Princeton’ (Ulmus americana) are large deciduous trees that are native to the American northeast. The upward growing branches are tightly packed the base and spread with height, creating a ‘V’ shape. Small green flowers appear before foliage and give way to samaras, commonly referred to as “helicopters”. The oval, dark green leaves become a dull yellow in fall.

American Elm ‘Princeton’ prefers average to fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun. ‘Princeton’ are tolerant of light shade, wet soils, drought, and urban pollution.

The narrow structure of ‘Princeton’ makes them perfect for medium sized yards or as street trees. They can be used as shade trees or accent pieces.


American Elm 'Princeton' Characteristics

American Elm 'Princeton' are medium to large vase shaped ornamental trees. The dark green leaves are oval shapes, heavily textured, and serrated. The green leaves become a subdued yellow in fall. Seed bearing samaras typically drop in early spring.

The American Elm population has plummeted due to their inability to survive Dutch Elm Disease. However, 'Princeton' is quite resistant to Dutch Elm Disease and is now widely planted to bring back the Elm population. 'Princeton' is susceptible to other serious diseases such as phloem necrosis, wetwood, rots, and cankers. Caterpillars, scale, and beetles may also make their home on 'Princeton'.


USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 9
50.00 - 70.00
35.00 - 50.00'
Bloom Time
March - April
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?