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Ulmus americana - American Elm
 This tree was the first Urban Tree introduced into Urban plantings and was severally over planted.
 
  A major reason American Elms have declined is due to Dutch Elms Disease.  The disease is vectored by way of beetle and kills the xylem in the tree making translocation of water impossible.
 
 
 The disease can also be transfered from neighboring American Elm Trees roots that have grafted together with an already infected American Elm.  This is why its best to diversify when planting.
 Leaves are simple and attached oppositely.
 
 
  Leaves are also serrate and veined pinnately.
 
  The undersides of the leaf feels like sand paper.