Growing and Caring for a Cedar Elm Tree
The Cedar Elm is a tree that is generally known as a Texas Elm; this tree is common to regions in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, as well as Louisiana. When this type of tree is found in nature it can be as large as 90 feet tall, the wood is hard and light in color; the leaves are dark green. The Texas Elm can live for up to 50 years.
When growing the Cedar Elm you will have the best results if you live in zone 6. This tree needs to be planted in an area will it will get plenty of sunlight, and winter temperatures should not be too harsh.
If you live in the right climate you can grow the Cedar Elm outdoors, but if you live in an region where the winter temperatures are too low you may want to think about growing the tree indoors as a bonsai tree.
Pruning is the best way to shape this tree; this will help to promote growth in areas where there is none, plus it can open up areas where there is too much growth. If you need to remove entire branches, it is best to cut them flush with the trunk of the tree to prevent scarring. It is also not a good idea to prune this tree if it is not in good health.
If repotting is needed, it is best to repot the Cedar Elm during the spring; this is especially true if the tree needs root pruning. During the spring growth the Texas Elm tends to be hardy and can quickly recover from root pruning. If the tree is mature you will likely need to repot and prune the roots about every other year, but for younger trees it may be necessary to do this every year.
When growing the Cedar Elm in hotter climates you will have to pay extra attention to watering, as you do not want to soil to become too dry. This tree does well in a number of different soil types, or you can use bonsai soil.
The Cedar Elm does tend to have some problems with insects and disease; what you will find most commonly with this tree is aphids and spider mites. There is also a possibility that this tree will have problems with cotton scale, as well as damage to the leaves caused by the elm leaf beetle.
If the leaves of the Cedar Elm are exposed to a lot of moisture in the heat of the summer it can cause mildew to develop on them. To help control this problem you can apply fungicide to the leaves. Another problem that this type of tree has is becoming too stressed, which can lead to the development of mistletoe.
If you are looking for great shade trees, the Cedar Elm is a good choice, especially if you live in an area where this type of tree can be grown outdoors without a problem. It is also a good choice if you are looking for trees that will grow quickly to maturity.
One problem with growing the Cedar Elm is that a lot of people are very allergic to the pollen from this tree. Before planting one of these trees in your yard or home, you‘ll want to find out if anyone in your home is allergic to the pollen.