Elm trees (Ulmus spp.) are popular feature trees, particularly in cooler regions of Australia.  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 sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.  Remove the tree from the container or bag (for bare rooted trees), gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk. 
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development and healthy foliage. 


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 move and don’t plant too close to a fence line, built structures or building services (such as electricity or sewerage). 

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