Cedar Elm Natural to Texas and Drought Tolerant

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Dallas Landscaping May Lee Ann Torrans
Cedars in Dallas
Scientific Name: Ulmus crassifolia

This is a drought tolerant tree native to Texas and found naturally in the Gulf Coastal Plains.

The Cedar Elm adapts to wide range of soil types which includes: heavy clay, limestone, salty, fairly wet and limestone soils.

This flexibility is why the Cedar Elm is the most prevalent species of Elm within Texas. Cedar Elms have an upright and rounded crown with dense and slightly weeping branching. Cedar Elms are filled with 1″ long glossy green leaves that have a thick sandpaper like texture and serrated edges, which will turn yellow in the fall.

Younger Cedar Elms may have cork growths “wings” along the sides of the branches which give them the appearance of a Winged Elm.

As Cedar Elms start to mature the rougher bark starts to form over the branches causing them to lose their wings. The bark on a mature Cedar Elm appears light brown to gray which is highly ridged and deeply furrowed.

Cedars

Cedars in Dallas

Cedars in Texas

Cedars in Texas