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American Elm vs Butternut

Ulmus americana

Juglans cinerea

American Elm
Butternut

American Elm is fast growing, tall tree with a recognizable and pleasing shape.

It's well suited for urban environments because of its non-invasive roots and ability to grow on harsh sites (quite salt tolerant). American Elm develops a wide, dense canopy that provides shade for many city streets around North America.

One of the few walnut varieties native to Canada. The wood from this attractive species is used in a lot of specialty products.

A self-fertile nut tree that has better yields with cross-pollination. The meat of the Butternut is very mild, sweet, and oily. Often sought after by nut hunters.

Butternut is intolerant of shade and poor draining soil. It can survive zone 2, but reliably produces nuts in zone 3. Butternut canker has decimated this species in its native range.

AMERICAN ELM QUICK FACTS

BUTTERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2b
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 8 m (27 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Bark: dark, ashy gray with ridges
Nuts: brown shell with cream core starting around age 10
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: up to 200 years
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes