Drake Elm tree growth rate
Hi all...new to GardenWeb. I just (ie: 15 minutes ago, actually) got what I think is a great deal on three, 5-gallon Drake Elm trees. I have plans to place them in a large swale of St. Augustine, to eventually give some shade to that grass. It needs it. Also, I have heard that the Drake is drought tolerant, once established (trying to be a responsible GA gardener...too late for the St. Augustine, but I PROMISE I water only once a week and not even that, if we get even the LEAST little bit of rain...I will let it go brown and dormant before I violate the water restrictions and I MEAN IT!!!). Mainly, I understand they are fast-growers, but I would like to know about HOW fast? I have one Autumn Blaze maple (I splurged for the 30-gallon) in the middle, front of my landscape, and Natchez crape myrtles by the street. I had planned to put the Drake Elms in the middle "layer," if you will. But, of course, they will be a little puny looking to begin with. How quickly will they grow?