American Elm Trees as a Nectar/Pollen Source
Elm trees have simple, alternate branching, dark green, serrated leaves, a flat, rounded, winged seed, and two-toned tan spongy bark. The three native elm trees in Indiana are the American Elm, the Slippery Elm, and the Rock Elm. Nearly all of the older native elm trees have fallen victim to Dutch Elm disease. Elm trees are still common in the Midwest, but rarely reach their full height potential and die off from Dutch Elm disease long before their previous life expectancy of 150 years.
Elm trees are one of the earliest trees to bud, often beginning in February. Bees have been known to chew into the buds to get at the pollen when temperatures allow. Planting elm trees on your property helps provide an early spring insurance policy for your bees and other wildlife. For more information on how to help the American Elm, please check out elmpost.org