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Athena Elm*

Ulmus parvifolia 'Athena'

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Athena Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Athena') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Athena Elm

Athena Elm

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Athena Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Athena') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Athena Elm bark

Athena Elm bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  50 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm

Description:

A beautiful tall shade or street tree for distinguished landscapes, with a broad spreading canopy and stunning mottled bark in brown, gray and orange, very attractive in winter; highly resistant to Dutch elm disease

Ornamental Features

Athena Elm has dark green foliage throughout the season. The small serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding coppery-bronze in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The mottled brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Athena Elm is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Athena Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Athena Elm will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features