Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - April 27, 2016

From: Fort Worth, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Cedar Elms too close together
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

I'm fairly new to North Texas and recently bought a new home with 2 young cedar elms in the front yard. From my understanding these trees can grow quite large. My front is about 25 feet wide and the trees are planted 6 feet away from each other. Down the road will I have issues with this setup. I will likely take one out. Would be grateful for any of your thoughts.

ANSWER:

Ulmus crassifolia (Cedar elm) is a native North American deciduous tree which reaches 50 to 90 feet in height with a spread of 40 to 60 feet. It would be a low maintenance shade and street tree . However, two of these trees planted 6 feet apart may overwhelm your yard and interfere with each other as they mature.

I will supply several links that can help you  through this dilemma.

The first is the Texas Tree Selector   that has a lot of good information, but note particularly the portion about the spacing of trees in your  yard.

This link to the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) will help you become better acquainted with hte tree.

This link to Texas AgriLife Extension   tells about tree care in general, especially in Denton County.

A certified arborist can provide helpful advice, and this link the International Society of Arboricultue  can help you find one in your area.

You need to be aware that Cedar Elms are susceptible to infection with Dutch Elm disease. This article from Texas A&M  can tell you the signs of infection, and steps you can take to treat your trees



 

From the Image Gallery


Cedar elm
Ulmus crassifolia


More Trees Questions

Crape myrtle in Austin
August 01, 2012 - Please don't bother to answer my question about how to treat a crepe myrtle with sticky stuff falling from it. I just found the answer on your site. Good site, by the way.
view the full question and answer

Selection of native trees to replace trees lost in hurricane
September 28, 2008 - Hello, I have a tree replacement list I must choose from as I live in a HOA deeded area. I lost 2 pines to the hurricane. And according to them I need to replace with 2 large trees. The pines were 15 ...
view the full question and answer

Leaves on new water oak turning brown from Matagorda TX
May 30, 2013 - We had water oaks planted in January when they had no leaves. Leaves came on but are now turning brown.
view the full question and answer

Controlling native chickasaw plum
July 23, 2008 - How do we kill the chickasaw plum? We have an abundance and want to get rid of them.
view the full question and answer

Evergreen screening tree for Wichita Falls TX
November 25, 2015 - Recommendations for a screen plant. Dry. full sun. 20 to 30 ft.high. evergreen. Wichita Falls, TX location.
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.