Delaware American Elm
Distinguishing Features: Seeds in the center of a wing, young twigs are fuzzy
- Type: Deciduous
- Form at maturity: 60 to 90 feet tall, three distinct habits: vase-shaped, broad and wide spreading or narrow with numerous branches covering trunk
- Leaf: Alternate leaf arrangement, simple leaves with doubly serrated leaf margins, leave size varies from 3 to 6 inches long, oblique leaf base, serrate leaf margins, short petiole, dark green leaf color, turns yellowish-brown in autumn
- Flower: Insignificant, small green flowers
- Bark: Dark gray color with deep ridges, can be scaly when young, ridges criss cross, showing different layers of bark color, leaf scar appears to look like a "cat-face"
- Fruit or Seed: single-seeded wafer-like rounded samaras (each tiny seed is surrounded by a flattened oval-rounded papery wing), notched at top, 0.5 inch in diameter, greenish yellow in color