Family: Ulmaceae – Elm Family
Trees to 6.9' (25 m) tall or more
Leaves: alternate; simple; 1” to 3” (2.5 to 7.5 cm) long
Flowers: 0 petals; 4 to 9 sepals; 8 stamens; unisexual; greenish flowers borne in clusters
Fruits: winged samara
Blooms in Arches National Park: March, April
Habitat in Arches National Park: cultivated shade tree that grows rapidly and escaped
Location seen: around Visitor Center buildings
Other: The genus name, “Ulmus”, is the classical Latin name for “elm” and the species name, “pumila”, means “small or dwarf”.
This is a non-native plant.
Did You Know?
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