Golden Elm – Ulmus glabra Lutescens
An outstanging tree with golden green foliage the Golden Elm makes a good shade treefor larger gardens and is also widely used in parks and for street plantings. Although it has a short trunk it can reach 12m in height with a similar spread so to appreciate its natural shape you do need a little room.
Regarded by manyas one of the most attractive deciduous trees for cool temperate climates the foliage is ribbed and will turn a transluscent golden yellow in autumn. The openness of the structure means that Ulmus glabra Lutescens will not create dense shade like some others.
Growth Rate is regarded as moderate, ensuring good moisture and a good soil with some added fertilizer for the first years will engourage stronger and faster growth. New planting can be watered every 2 weeks with a liquid seaweed fertilizer to promote strong root growth. Growyh is upright for the first few years and then the tree forms a broader crown.
The root system is exstensive which prohibits growing many plants beneath the tree. Plants come in two forms, one on its own root system and the other grafted onto U.procera rootstock which has a tendancy to sucker when disturbed.
One established the Golden Elm needs little care. Choose a position in full sun to part shade with a humus rish deep soil. You trees should be staked to ensure an upright growth habit and prevent damage until established. Water in well through the first summers and mulch around the tree to ensure a cool root run. Once established watering is only require duringprolonged dry periods.
The natural growth habit of the Golden Elm means that pruningis generally not required other than the removal of any damaged wood.