The Slippery Elm tree, ‘Ulmus rubra’, is also known as Red Elm. It is a medium-sized tree that prefers moist soils. The leaves are large and very rough to the touch.It is distinguishable from other elms by its red, hairy buds and its rough, hairy twigs. The buds are covered with rusty red hairs and the wood is red to dark brown, hence the Latin name rubra, meaning red.The bark is deeply furrowed and brownish red. The inner bark is stringy, and slimy or slippery, hence the common name Slippery elm. The red, brown, or orange branches grow downward. The flowers are arranged in dense clusters and have no stalks. The plant’s leaves are long and green, and they darken in color during the fall. The bark has deep fissures, a gummy texture, and a slight but distinct odor. Slippery elm can persist on poorly drained soils and occasional flooding. It grows best on moist, rich soils of lower slopes, stream banks, river terraces, and bottom lands. It is less susceptible to Dutch elm disease than many elms, and has a different branching pattern. The inner bark was historically used for medicinal purposes, and is still used in the preparation of some throat lozenges.* Branches downward* Flowers in dense clusters* Likes moist soil.
The original classic shade tree is back!There was a time when Elm trees lined America’s streets by the thousands – ‘Elm Street’ is the most popular street name in the US. Then, in the 1930’s a fungus in a shipment of lumber from Europe turned into Dutch Elm Disease and wiped out tens of millions of elm trees across the country.Decades passed and it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that a nurseryman noticed one street in Princeton NJ was still lined in towering, magnificent elm trees. They were completely unaffected by the blight from the 30’s.These 75 year-old American natives were standing strong. Thanks to that sharp-eyed nurseryman the Ulmas Americana ‘Princeton’ has been cultivated and is back on the market and we are very proud to offer it to you.Princeton Elm is a beautiful shade tree that grows up to 100’ tall in the classic elm vase shape. The large, leathery foliage turns yellow in the fall. It can be planted virtually year round from the bitter cold of the Northern Plains to the humid heat of Central Florida and anywhere in between.It handles any condition including wet, dry and windy. It can grow 3-6 feet a year. It can survive salty air, partial shade and is super tolerant of harsh, polluted urban conditions. This is a bulletproof tree that you need to have if you’re looking for a tall, statuesque shade tree for your landscape.We ship healthy top grade trees. Order yours from us today!* Beautiful Elm tree shape* Yellow fall foliage* Easy, quick-growing, disease resistant native .
Dense, Fast Growing Privacy TreeThe Siberian Elm tree, ‘Ulmus pumila’, is the fastest growing deciduous tree we know of and the more you trim, the denser the hedge.The Siberian Elm is a fast growing, hardy, and drought resistant tree when established. It is one of the first to leaf in the spring and one of the last to shed its leaves in the fall. It is also considered to be a great windbreak tree when planted in rows.To use as a hedge, plant 10 to 15’ apart in the row. Siberian Elm has moderate water requirements until established. Best results are obtained when planted in well-drained soil in full sun.It is very adaptable, often grows under adverse conditions. Siberian elm is resistant to Dutch elm disease. It provides excellent cover for wildlife.* Fast Growing* Hedge Plant* Wildlife Plant.
The Accolade® Elm, Ulmus ‘Morton’, has an excellent resistance to Dutch Elm disease.This tree has an upright, spreading shape and is a large, broadleaf deciduous tree with a graceful vase shape similar to American elm. It is a fast growing tree and the leaves are simple and a glossy, dark green color that change to yellow in the fall. With good sun exposure fall color becomes a bright yellow.Elms prefer full sun and adapt easily to extremes in pH, moisture, wind and heat. They do prefer well-drained, sandy, loamy or clay soils. The aggressive roots can probably break sidewalks and raise pavement if trees are improperly located. The Accolade Elm has an excellent disease and pest resistance, drought tolerance, and good yellow fall color. It has a rapid growth rate and adaptability to urban conditions.Accolade® Elm creates an excellent shade tree for larger yards or street plantings.* Upright* Bright fall color* Excellent shade tree.
An American tradition! If you love elm trees then you are in good company. The love of elms might even be in your DNA. The American love affair with elms goes all the way back to the birth of our nation. In 1765 the Sons of Liberty used the famed “Liberty Tree” as the rallying place to protest the much hated Stamp Act. That tree was an elm. In 1826 President John Quincy Adams planted a tree at the White House to honor Thomas Jefferson. That tree was an elm. In the 21st Century a visionary gardener planted a tree in their yard and forever changed the face of their neighborhood. That tree was an elm. That gardener is you!Nature Hills is so pleased to offer the New Harmony Elm (Ulmus americana ‘New Harmony’) to the market this year. Not only does this beautiful tree carry on the great American tradition of elms in our cities and gardens, but it is super resistant to the strains of disease that have decimated elms in the past century.This tree will grow to be 70’ high and 70’ wide at maturity. Its hardiness is evidenced by the sheer number of streets named after this tree used to line them – Elm Street. (We’ll bet that your town has one, too!) They are great because they adapt to just about anywhere they have been introduced in the US and they can withstand heavy snow, prolonged drought and even being banged up by passing cars! We know that it will excel in your garden. Be a part of American history. Order your New Harmony Elm from us today!* Very hardy tree* Tall and sturdy* Tolerant of a wide range of conditions* Adaptable to many parts of the US* Unsurpassable shade tree* Salt tolerant and disease resistant.
Perfect Shade Tree for Everyone! In our business, there are some plants and trees you look at and just wonder why they aren’t used more often. Drake Elm Tree (Ulmus parvifolia ‘Drake’) is one of those trees. This is an excellent, but surprisingly underused tree.Fast-growing, beautifully shaped and nearly evergreen, this tree can be used in a multitude of situations. Drake Chinese Elm grows into a graceful, rounded shape with long, arching, almost weeping branches that are covered in 3-inch long shiny, dark green, leathery leaves. In the northern parts of its zone the leaves turn gorgeous shades of yellow, red or purple. In the warmer zones it is evergreen. The bark is very showy, mottled in greys, greens, oranges and browns making it very interesting in the winter.The Drake Elm growth rate is moderate, reaching its full 45 feet height in several years. Drake is an ideal landscape tree, unfazed by pollution. It excels as a shade, street, parking lot or specimen tree. For a stunning statement in a big space, plant several to make a grove.However you choose to use it, you need to have this tree in your landscape. Order yours today!* Awesome tree* Beautiful shape* Easy care* Great street tree.
The Homestead Elm, Ulmus ‘Homestead’, is a rapid grower with a symmetrical, pyramidal crown that becomes arching as the tree matures. The dark green leaves turn golden yellow in autumn.This USDA introduction is highly resistant to Dutch Elm disease. Its young stems are brown to gray; older bark smooth and gray, becoming fissured in old age.Homestead is great for lawns or garden borders. Elms are adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions and come in graceful, vase-shaped and weeping forms.Elms prefer full sun and adapt easily to extremes in pH, moisture, wind and heat. The aggressive roots can probably break sidewalks and raise pavement if trees are improperly located.This rapid growing tree displays a symmetrical, slightly pyramidal to oval arching with dense foliage. Its grey bark is set off nicely by the bright green leaves that turn a lovely golden yellow in the fall.* Resistant to Dutch Elm disease* Attractive bark* Pyramidal shape.
Fast Growing Shade TreeThe American Elm is a large deciduous tree. It would make an impressive street or shade tree for your front yard.The American Elm is the largest Elm in the United States. It can reach 100 feet in height and has an elegant vase shape with a broad, rounded crown. It’s fast-growing so you won’t have to wait as long as with some other trees for your shade tree to mature.The American Elm is also long-lived, with some reported being as old as 300 years. Think of the legacy you will provide for your children and grandchildren by planting an Elm in the yard!Your American Elm provides ornamental interest for every season The six inch deciduous leaves are ovate shaped with toothed edges, their dark green color a vibrant addition to the summer surroundings.Small green flowers form in spring, and although you’re not likely to notice them, the bees, butterflies and other pollinators of your yard certainly will.As the leaves begin to form, the flowers will turn from their subtle beauty to the Elm seed. Single, and surrounded by a flat, oval paper-like membrane, the seeds provide beneficial sustenance for birds and small mammals.In the fall, your American Elm’s foliage transforms to a pleasing yellow. Even in the coldest of seasons, when most trees provide little of interest, the dark grey and deeply furrowed bark of your Elm will present a pleasing feature for the winter landscape.The American Elm is a hardy tree tolerant of drought and urban conditions. It won’t cost you a lot of time or effort to maintain, and will provide many years of shade and beauty for your yard.* Fast-growing* Long-lived* Hardy .
The Triumph™ Elm, Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’, is a selection that resulted from a controlled cross between Vanguard™ Elm and Accolade® Elm, conducted by Dr. George Ware at the Morton Arboretum.Introduced through Chicagoland Grows®, it has an upright habit with strong branching, large, lustrous dark green foliage and excellent disease and pest resistance. Triumph™ develops softly arching branches as it matures. Elms are adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions and come in graceful, vase-shaped and weeping forms.Elms prefer full sun and adapt easily to extremes in pH, moisture, wind and heat. The aggressive roots can probably break sidewalks and raise pavement if trees are improperly located.An excellent shade tree, Triumph™ Elm offers excellent disease and pest resistance to Dutch elm disease, Elm Yellows and Elm Leaf Beetle. Elms are back! This attractive Triumph™ Elm makes an excellent shade tree for home and commercial landscapes, parks or as a street tree.* Excellent disease and pest resistance* Arching branches* Dark foliage.
Fast-Growing, Hardy Shade TreeThe New Horizon Elm is a fast-growing, vigorous Elm tree variety. One would make a wonderful shade tree for your front yard, or plant several along your street or driveway for a homey welcome.Your New Horizon Elm is a fast-growing, stately tree with decorative elements. The 4-inch, elliptic leaves are double-serrated with a lively deep green color, a darker hue than many other Elms. It also has a finer-textured appearance than most Elms, and is a good, clean-growing tree with a subtle grayish bark.You may not notice the tiny, green flowers that appear in spring, but you’re sure to see the adorable seeds that appear soon after. Each seed is like a tiny bump surrounded by a rounded, wafer-thin membrane, a delicate, dangling ornament amid the vibrant foliage. In the fall, New Horizon will display rusty red tints amid its deep green color.New Horizon Elm grows to about 60 feet high with a 30 foot spread. It has an upright habit, strong branch structure, and a dense crown. It’s resistant to Leaf Minor, Verticillium Wilt and Dutch Elm Disease (which is responsible for the deaths of many Elm trees).It prefers average soils with full sun, but is tolerant of partial shade and urban environments. New Horizon is also drought-resistant.A fast-growing, disease-resistant tree with lovely features, New Horizon Elm is a terrific choice for your yard today.* Fast Growing * Dutch Elm, Leaf Minor and Verticillium Wilt Resistant* Deep Green Leaves.
The Regal Elm, Ulmus ‘Regal’, has large dark-green glossy leaves. It has an upright character, transplants well, and will tolerate a wide range of conditions.’Regal’ Elm develops a strong central leader with an upright or columnar growth habit when young, becoming more ovate with age. Its leaves are dark green in summer, and show no appreciable fall coloration. Because the leaves are rather sparsely borne, they cast a honeylocust-like light shade that makes possible the successful culture of turf grass in the vicinity of the tree.Considered highly resistant to DED and verticillium wilt, this Elm is also a good urban tree since it is highly resistant to Dutch elm disease. It has proved very tolerant of hot and arid conditions, exhibiting minimal leaf scorch.’Regal’ has an upright columnar form similar to ‘Commelin’, making it particularly suitable for street planting.* Upright, columnar* Resistant to Dutch elm disease* Street tree.
Hardy, Ornamental ElmLacebark Elm is a deciduous landscape shade tree with decorative features. It would be perfect in a location where you’d like a lovely tree, but where the conditions are less than hospitable. In fact, one of Lacebark Elms distinguishing features is its ability to thrive in harsh growing conditions, including parking lots and planters, and in urban settings. Your Lacebark Elm will grow to 50 feet tall with an equal spread. Its long, arching branches and rounded form are sure to present an elegant silhouette in your yard, and an outstanding place to seek some shade from the summer heat.The summer foliage fills out the tree very well with glossy, serrated leaves of a deep green shade. Those same leaves transform to yellow and purple hues for the fall for a little added decoration to your autumn landscape. Perhaps most interesting however, is your tree’s decorative bark. The exfoliating, grey bark peels back to reveal various shades of grey, green, tan and red for a truly enchanting, mottled appearance. The Lacebark Elm is resistant to Dutch Elm disease and Elm Leaf Beetle, giving it an edge over other varieties. Of course it’s also valued for its general hardiness and ability to grow in a variety of conditions. If you’re looking for a shade tree that can withstand harsh conditions, is fast-growing and has ornamental features, then look no further. Lacebark Elm is the perfect choice for you.* Year-round interest* Fast-growing* Tolerates Poor Soil.