A New Tree Grows on the Hill
Existing diseased and damaged Bradford Pear trees are being replaced with ‘Drake’ Chinese Elms (ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’) when individual property owners implement the Village of Spring Hill streetscapes. Trees are being provided and planted by the City of Mobile Urban Forestry Department. Widely used in urban settings around
the country the Drake Elm is an excellent shade tree, drought and disease resistant, pollution tolerant, and especially suitable to urban settings. In the open, Drake Elms can grow to around 40 feet in height; however, in a sidewalk tree well, 25-30 feet is typical. This cultivar features light- to medium green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. These new Elms will certainly enhance our community for generations to come.