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American Elm vs Common Cattail

Ulmus americana

Typha latifolia

American Elm
Common Cattail

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.

Cattail is found all across North America, growing next to water. Like other waterside plants, Cattail provides erosion control and forage for animals.

It is suitable for land reclamation. Cattail is able to tolerate cold weather and occasional flooding.

AMERICAN ELM QUICK FACTS

COMMON CATTAIL QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 1.5 m (5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Flowers: dense groups of tiny yellow and green flowers form in june-july
Bark: dark, ashy gray with ridges
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: up to 200 years
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: high







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