Comments: Excellent small tree with very durable wood. Develops oval, umbrella-like crown somewhat reminiscent of the American elm, but much smaller in stature. Excellent light-textured shade during the growing season. Disease and insect free and fruit is no problem. A nearly perfect tree. Should be planted far more often.
Grows best in a deep, well-drained soil, but tolerates a wide range of conditions and grows in most urban conditions, regardless of soil situations. Very drought tolerant, tolerates heat, low humidity and drying winds. Deep rooted. Needs pruning when young to assist in good branch structure and spacing. Said to be a slow grower, but with good management, will grow three or more feet a year.
Size: 20-40 ft. tall, 20-30 ft. wide.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Bark: Young stem is tan and fairly rugged in appearance. Stem retains the tan color as it ages, finally turning gray-brown.
Leaves: Once-compound, alternate, 8-10 inches long, 4-5 inches wide. Medium to dark green above, paler green below.
Fall Color: Orange to red-orange.
Flower: Not showy.
Fruit: Small, round, about � inch in diameter, green turning purple-red in fall.
Pests: None serious.