Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Valley Forge Elm
(Ulmus americana 'Valley Forge')

Donated by Kaskaskia College President and Board of Trustees
Tree Map Location: # 229
In Memory of Doris Clark

Valley Forge Elm Tree Form Valley Forge Elm Bark Valley Forge Elm Leaf Valley Forge Elm Fruit Valley Forge Elm Flower


Leaf: dark green, large, 4.2 to 4.6" long by 2.5 - 2.9" wide, turning golden yellow in fall  
Flower: small, monoecious, in dropping cluster of 3 to 5, appear in early spring before leaf buds open  
Fruit: pappery, rounded, flat, wafer-like samara, hairless except for margin  
Twig: slender, slightly zigzag, reddish brown  
Bark: bark divides into grayish, rough textured ridges, separated by diamond-shaped fissures.  
Form: upright, arching , broadly vase-shape with fullm dense leaf canopy  
Interesting Facts: A new American elm variety released by the US USDA National Arboretum in 1995 after 20 years of research. American elm Valley Forge possesses the classic American elm tree shape, upright-arching. Transplants easily, prefers rich, moist soil and exhibits tolerance to air pollution and poor soil conditions. American elms are pH tolerant and show good soil salt tolerance. Elm trees are fast-growing and they adapt to adverse climates and other conditions that can be fatal to maples, oaks and other popular landscape choices. A 'Valley Forge' planted on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, June 6, 1996.  

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