We're working on transforming our new place. The only trees currently growing are a bunch of mature Siberian Elms. I'd like to start planting around them and take advantage of their nice canopy.
I'd love to hear suggestions of understory trees, bushes, etc. that produce fruit/nuts and would play nice with the elms. We're in zone 7b with an annual average rainfall of 11 inches. We do have access to irrigation, but will be employing other methods to reduce the amount of irrigation we'll need to use. Our soil is fairly alkaline, around 7.5.
I have no ideas, but I'm watching this thread. We have what is called around here "piss elm". I THINK it's a Siberian Elm. Someone said something about it once, but I informed them of 2 facts. 1) it is the ONLY tree around here and it gives us shade, and 2) we don't have to water it. My kind of plant.
Liz Hoxie wrote:We have what is called around here "piss elm".
Lol, we have an elm here that I used to hear called that when I was a kid. I have no idea why and don't know what it's real name is. Thanks for the laugh, I haven't heard that phrase in a long time.
Update: A quick Google search says that "piss elm" is American Elm, and called that because of the smell it gives off when cut or burned.
"People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do."
Location: Ellisforde, WA
posted 2 years ago
I did the search a few years ago and found the same thing. That's why I was so confused. I knew that it wasn't American Elm. The closest fit was Siberian. The download here proved it. That's the same bark. Hubby confirmed it.