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Planera aquatica J.F. Gmel.
Planertree, Water elm
USDA Symbol: PLAQ
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Planertree or water elm is a small, deciduous tree, often with sprouts near the base. Its spreading branches form a low, broad crown to 40 ft. in height. Reddish-brown, scaly, flaky bark covers the short trunk. Dull-green leaves are asymmetrically elm-like.
This distinctive and uncommon small tree is the only species of its genus; however, fossil relatives have been found in Eurasia. Dedicated to Johann Jakob Planer (1743-89), German botanist and professor of medicine.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX Native Distribution:
Coastal Plain from s.e. NC & n. FL to e. TX; n. in Mississippi Valley to s. IL Native Habitat:
Swampy areas; alluvial floodplains; river banks USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly, moist, seasonally wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
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Record Modified: 2008-04-01
Research By: TWC Staff