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This mature tree has grown into a very contorted shape.
Lewisville Independent School District Outdoor Learning Area) is an eighty-acre tract of land located on the south side of Lake Lewisville Dam in Denton County. The landscape boasts wetlands, forests, fields, rivers and streams and contains approximately five miles of hiking trails. The outdoor learning area was created in the fall of 1999 when the school district erected two portable classrooms.
This tough and adaptable shade tree is the most wide-spread native elm in Texas. While it prefers the limestone “cedar breaks”, it does well in heavy clay, compacted soils, and tolerates alkaline or salty soils. All this plus it has excellent drought tolerance. Yet it grows large and strong in river valleys along the Brazos and Colorado Rivers, and as far as the Pecos. It grows best along the bottom lands of the Guadalupe and Trinity Rivers.