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American Elm vs Water Sedge

Ulmus americana

Carex aquatilis


(new stock expected: fall of 2018)


(we don't know if or when this product will be restocked)

American Elm
Water Sedge

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.

Water Sedge is a waterside grass which grows an extensive horizontal root system. This prevents erosion and allows it to grow back after being eaten.

Water sedge is grazed by many animals including cattle, sheep, horses and waterfowl. Animals choose Water Sedge for forage later in the year as it stays green longer than other plants, requiring you to buy feed for less of the year.



Zone: 2a
Zone: 1a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 0.5 m (1.5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Flowers: plant stalks topped with green and brown tesselated florets in may-september depending on lattitude
Bark: dark, ashy gray with ridges
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: up to 200 years
Life span: short
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: high

Other Names: water elm, whilte elm
Other Names: leafy tussock sedge

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