If Trees Could Sing

The Bohannons & the American Elm

Marty Bohannon of The Bohannons talks about the American elm and the benefits that trees provide.

American Elm Leaves

The leaves are long, oval and ribbed with toothed edges.

American Elm Bark

The elm's bark is gray, furrowed and ridged.

Elms were once among the most popular city trees in America, before Dutch Elm disease struck.

The Bohannons

The Bohannons are a guitar-driven quartet that melds rock, punk and power pop with sounds of country, folk and blues. Based in Chattanooga, the group features brothers Marty and Matt Bohannon on lead vocals/rhythm guitar and backing vocals/lead guitar, respectively, with bassist Billy C. Robinson and drummer Mike Gaut. Their most recent album, Black Cross Black Shield, was released in 2015. Learn more at thebohannons.net.

American Elm Facts

  • Scientific Name: Ulmus americana
  • Range: east of the Rocky Mountains, from Montana to Florida
  • Height: up to 100 ft.
  • Distinguishing feature: V-shaped appearance
  • Fall colors: yellow

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the American Elm

Mighty Cool Tree Fact

Did you know... trees warn each other when they are under attack by insects? They secrete chemicals that not only make their leaves less nutritious but which also warn other trees to produce those chemicals as well.


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