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Planera aquatica (Planertree)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Planera aquatica

Planera aquatica J.F. Gmel.

Planertree, Water elm

Ulmaceae (Elm Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: PLAQ

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf: Green
Fruit:
Size Class: 36-72 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr

Distribution

USA: 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

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly, moist, seasonally wet soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Planera aquatica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Planera aquatica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Planera aquatica

Metadata

Record Modified: 2008-04-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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