The Florida elm (Ulmus americana var. floridana) belongs to Ulmaceae (the Elm family). It is a tall deciduous ree that is distributed to the southeastern United States, from eastern North Carolina to central Florida. This tree grows in the coastal plains and up to a height of 18-24 m. The leaves are ovate to oblong, dark green 10-15 cm long with a saw-toothed edge. They fade to yellow before dropping in fall. In early spring, before the new leaves unfold, the rather inconspicuous, small, green flowers appear on pendulous stalks. The fruit is a green rounded samara.