ELM, LACEBARK Drake Elm
Ulmus parvifolia sempervirens (ULL-mus par-vi-FOAL-ee-uh sem-per-VYE-rens)
Deciduous Sun Height 50 feet Spread 40 feet Spacing 20 - 30 feet
HABIT: Upright and spreading, delicate foliage on limber stems, trunk bark is distinctively mottled. Fall color is so-so yellow.
CULTURE: Easy to grow in most soils, drought tolerant although cannot tolerate wet soil. Almost evergreen in the Houston area.
USES: Shade tree.
PROBLEMS: Cotton root rot. Very tender bark in early spring just at leaf break.
NOTES: Often confused with Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila), which is a trash tree. Sold as Drake elm, evergreen elm or Chinese elm. Native to China.