Ulmus alata

winged elm


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40-70 ft    Width: 30-40 ft
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage, interesting bark


Recommended Uses: Makes an excellent specimen tree due to the corky wings on its twigs. Older speciments are good shade trees.
Considerations: Susceptible to the Dutch elm disease. Has a shallow root system
Propagation: Seed or cuttings.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Larval host for the question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)
Native Habitats: Floodplains, slopes, well-drained forests.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


In the 18th and 19th centuries, the fibrous inner bark was made into rope for fastening covers of cotton bales. The common and Latin species names refer to the distinctive broad, corky wings present on some twigs.

Other Comments:

Will need trimming to form a single trunk tree for landscaping.