Florida Elm
Ulmus americana
Florida Population

Florida Elm

Florida elm may reach over fifty feet with a spreading crown.  This southern variety of American elm can be found in Martin, St. Lucie, Lee and Collier Counties.  It is associated with moist inland hammocks mixed with hackberry, oaks, slash pine, mulberry and maple.

The leaves of Florida elm drop in late fall remaining leafless until flowers and seeds form in early spring.  The seeds are eaten by Painted Buntings and other birds and the young leaves are a larval food for the Question Mark Butterfly.

Florida elm is easy to grow in average soil of Palm Beach County and most likely south of there. If the soil is moist, a bed of native swamp, or marsh fern makes a nice understory.