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Elms turning color

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Dense Elm Leaves Turned Yellow 8786

I’m thinking that the dense fall foliage you see here belonged either to cedar elms (Ulmus crassifolia) or American elms (Ulmus americana). This is another photograph from McKinney Falls State Park on November 24, 2014.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 28, 2015 at 5:05 AM

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  1. Preciosa imagen, un árbol que parece tener hojas de oro.

  2. It looks like a beautiful, and large, tree. For years I was under the impression that all of our elms were gone but I see them here and there in the forest preserves. One day I was out with a steward friend of mine and pointed that out. She “backed up” mentally and looked closer at the tree I was pointing to.~”OH! Yeah, how about that?!”


    November 28, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    • Cedar elms are among the most common deciduous trees here, and I can pretty easily identify them when they’re small. They can get large (though obviously less often, because some don’t make it that far), as can the smaller number of American elms. I don’t know how to distinguish the two, even though I’ve looked in books. I’ll have to try going around with some local tree experts.

      It’s good to hear that some elms have survived in your neck of the woods and that you know how to identify them and show them off to other people.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 28, 2015 at 11:50 AM

  3. Nice to see elms. The majority of ours succumbed to disease of the Dutch variety.

    Steve Gingold

    November 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    • I’d heard about Dutch elm disease and the destruction it caused across much of America. In spite of that, cedar elms are quite common in Austin and vicinity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 30, 2015 at 10:03 PM

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