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Elm (Lacebark)

Ulmus parviflora ‘Allee’

Trunk and branches of a Lacebark Elm

The refined, regal Lacebark Elm is often referred to as the "Allee" Elm because of the commonly used cultivar "Emer II Allee." The bark exfoliates in a puzzle-like pattern, exposing the orange-brown, slate-grey, and grey-green colors of the bark. The "Allee" cultivar also boasts a fluted trunk which gives it a venerable appearance. This vase-shaped tree reaches a mature height of around 70 feet. The canopy maintains an open, airy feel while providing excellent shade. The texture is fine. Lacebark Elm tolerates urban conditions and difficult sites in addition to being insect- and disease-resistant. Beautiful year-round. Just an excellent, large shade tree...

The obvious use for such a tree is as a specimen in a prominent location.

There have been reports of this tree being invasive. I have not experienced this problem in our production fields. I suspect that any invasive problems will occur further South. Even in the case of its being invasive, it will not spread very far or fast, as the fruit is not dispersed by birds. As a precaution, you may wish to avoid planting it near native wooded areas.

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