Native American Elm and native birds
American Elm leaves
Native Regions map for Native American Elm
Black Capped Chickadee
Chipping Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
House Finch
Native American Elm and native birds
American Elm leaves
Native Regions map for Native American Elm
Black Capped Chickadee
Chipping Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
House Finch

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Mature Height: 50-70' tall
  • Mature Width: 30-50' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 30-50' apart


  • May Benefit & Attract: Finches, thrushes, chickadees, sparrows, and grosbeaks
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® American Elm Treeling

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Ulmus americana

Regular price $119.00
Shipping included
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Why the Audubon® American Elm Treeling?

Bring back the majestic American Elm! This iconic shade tree was hit hard by Dutch Elm disease, but it was not knocked out. Survivors remain, and you can grow a seedling yourself and be a part of the effort to restore this species to greatness. Birders will be especially motivated to take part when they learn how beneficial this tree is to birds! Finches, chickadees, sparrows, and grosbeaks relish the seeds, and songbirds of all sorts rely on the caterpillar-protein its foliage supports. In fact, American Elm feeds up to 171 different species of moth and butterfly caterpillars, making it a top stop for birds!

Grand old American Elms once lined our streets, their lofty, arching canopies meeting overhead and casting cooling shade below. In the 1930s, an accidentally imported disease began killing these gentle giants. By the 1950s and ’60s, millions of trees had died. But not all! Contrary to what many people believe, some American Elms were able to survive. The two largest survivors live in Baltimore, Maryland, and Chesapeake, Virginia. The Maryland tree is 112 feet tall and 84 feet wide; the Virginia specimen is 110 feet by 116 feet. Both have trunks that are more than six feet in diameter.

How to use in the landscape?

If they don’t become bird food, the caterpillars that feed on your American Elm Tree may become beautiful butterflies to grace your garden. Look for red spotted purples, mourning cloaks, question marks, and commas. Many of the moths this tree hosts are interesting and lovely, too, such as the elm sphinx, the large lace border, the crocus geometer, the io, and the cecropia moth. Those cute, fuzzy, banded woolly bear caterpillars also feed on Elm.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    Mature Height: 50-70' tall

    Mature Width: 30-50' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 30-50' apart

How To Plant

Give American Elm a position in full sun in deep, fertile, well-drained soil. Water regularly and mulch with wood chips or bark to keep the rootzone cool and moist. This is not a fussy tree, and it will grow in less-than-ideal conditions, but because of the continued threat of Dutch Elm disease, it should not be subjected to any unnecessary stresses. Your tree may be resistant to the disease, but it may not be immune. In good conditions, American Elm is a fast-growing tree, and it will get right to work creating choice bird habitat and cooling shade.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-8


How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees

90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s). How? Reach out to a Plant Whisperer: - Email: - Phone: 866-873-3888 - Or via Online Chat

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