Elm trees (Ulmus spp.) are beautiful deciduous to semi-deciduous feature trees. Once established, they have relatively low water requirements and a stunning appearance, providing an abundance of shade under their canopies. Their beauty is further enhanced when the leaves start to change colour and drop in the autumn. There are many varieties available including English elm, Chinese elm and Golden elm. Next time you are looking at a stunning feature tree, be sure not to pass the elegant.

How to grow Elm Tree in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed and Yates Natures Way Organic Compost & Soil Improver. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost when planting, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Can grow to 12-15 metres in height depending on the variety so choose the planting spot with this in mind.

  • Usually grown as a specimen or avenue planting.

  • As these are reasonably big trees, give them plenty of room to grow and avoid planting near a fence line, built structures or building services (such as electricity or sewerage). 

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