The American elm is one of the largest trees in eastern North America and it grows to a height of 35m with a trunk diameter of 175cm.
The base of the tree is reinforced by prominent root flares and a shallow and wide-spreading root system. A few large upright limbs support many outwardly fanning branches.
The tips of these branches often droop downwards contributing to the overall graceful umbrella-like silhouette.
Fully mature trees can live as long as 300 years, although in areas which have experienced Dutch elm disease, young trees less than 30 years old are the norm.