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Ulmus americana

American Elm LeafAmerican Elm 


About American Elm at OSU's Landscape Plants site

  • Native to central and eastern North America.

  • Height can reach 160’ but is usually <100’.

  • Leaves are 3-6” long, doubly toothed, base unequal, dark green, shiny, smooth or rough above, and hairy or smooth below.

  • Flowers are small, in drooping clusters, and appear before leaves.

  • Winged seeds are 0.5” long with hairs along the edge.

  • The shape of tree is distinctive: the trunk and limbs are vase-shaped leading to a rounded crown with arching branches.

  • Common in Portland, but threatened by Dutch elm disease.

  • #1 was planted in front of the home of Martin and Rosetta Burrell in 1870.


Tree # Location Dimensions Photo and Notes

1111 SW 10th Ave

78' Height
105' Spread
12.2' Circ.

This tree was planted in front of the home of Martin and Rosetta Burrell in 1870 and is thus known as the 'Burrell Elm'.
Heritage Tree 1

4534 SW 60th Pl
Private, Front Yard

45' Height
90' Spread
18.6' Circ.

This is Ulmus x hollandica 'Vegeta'
Heritage Tree 102

625-635 NW 21st Ave
Right Of Way

85' Height
74' Spread
12.3' Circ.

Heritage Tree 231

 2803 SE Main St.
Right of Way

73' Height
111' Spread
13' Circ.