This tree is perhaps the most beloved of them all. It is extremely easy to plant and establish, grows fast, thrives in harsh climates, and provides a beautiful arched canopy over city streets. As we well know, Dutch elm disease (DED) has been wreaking havoc with these trees nationwide for 70+ years. With the implementation of a DED program, we limit the loss of American elm to 1-3% annually.
Coincidentally, the return of the American elm is not far off. Prairie Expedition Elm (developed at NDSU) and Valley Forge Elm are slated for introduction in the next few years.
Picture of American elm lined street.