Texas Cedar Elm

Kurt Elieson

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First Class requirement #6: Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.

Wherever you find a bunch of oak trees around Dallas-Fort Worth, you will probably also find cedar elms. Find something that looks like an oak tree except for the leaves. Cedar elm leaves are very precisely shaped with lots of little sawtooths. In late summer they will grow small yellow fruits that make the trees look like they are starting to turn yellow for fall a couple months too early.

You will see cedar elms (also known as Texas cedar elms) in older yards, but they are rarely planted now because they easily get sick from Dutch Elm Disease.

Click on the pictures to see them up close.

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