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Central Park Splendor' Hybrid Elm offers excellent shape, a dense crown, and is tough and durable for any urban situation. It is good for homes, streets, parks, and commercial landscapes.

Tree of the Month: ‘Central Park Splendor’ Hybrid Elm

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


 Trade Name: ‘Central Park Splendor’ Hybrid Elm


Botanical Name: Ulmus parvifolia ‘Ross Central Park’


Parentage: Product of a U. parvifolia growing in New York’s Central Park for 100 years


Family: Ulmaceae


Year of Introduction: 1998


Height: 40 to 50 feet


Spread: 40 to 50 feet


Form: Broad shape, densely branched


Bloom Period: August and September


Flower: Inconspicuous


Fruit: 1/3-inch samara, September-October


Summer Foliage: Large, dark-green leaves


Autumn Foliage: Yellow and reddish-purple in autumn


Winter Color: Bark provides winter interest


Bark: Magnificent mottled combination of gray, green, orange and brown


Habitat: Asian origin


Culture: Tolerates most soils and urban conditions; prefers rich, moist soil


Hardiness Zone*: 4 to 9


 Growth Rate: Rapid, 50 feet in 30 years


Pest Resistance: Resistant to DED and Elm Yellows


Salt Resistance: Excellent


Storm Tolerance: Excellent despite reputation to the contrary


Planting: Transplants well


Pruning: Prune in fall


Propagating: Softwood cuttings on own roots


Design Uses: Medium texture, good for homes, streets, parks, and commercial landscapes


Companions: Looks good with most general landscape plants


Other Comments: Excellent shape, dense crown, tough and durable for any urban situation, fair appearance in New England


Available from: Most large nurseries


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


Len Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com


 

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