Frontier Elm is a small, fast-growing deciduoustreewith an upright pyramidal crown and a fluted exfoliating trunk. The narrow shiny dark green leaves have small teeth turn an attractive reddish-purple in fall. Insignificant fall flowers give way to papery wing-like seed pods that mature mid-fall. Grows best with full sun and rich well-drained soils. Frontier has good resistance to dutch elm disease, elm yellows, and elm leaf beetles. Can tolerate both dry and wet sites.
30’ - 40’
20’ - 30’
USDA Hardiness Zone:
4 - 7
Full Sun, Part Sun
Season of Interest:
MAINTENANCE NEEDS:Low Maintenance. Elms are susceptible to phloem necrosis and wetwood. Other potential issues include wilts, rots, canker, leaf spots as well as pests such as miners, borers, and scale.
LANDSCAPE USES: Accents or Group Plantings, Borders, Woodland Gardens, Rock Gardens, Ponds and Streams, and Shade Tree.
COMPANION PLANTS: Crape Myrtle, Fountain Grass, Maple
IMAGES: (1) Izigabo, Frontier autumn colour, CC BY-SA 4.0 (2) Ptelea, Ulmus 'Frontier' tree, CC BY-SA 4.0 (3) Ptelea, Ulmus 'Frontier' fall foliage, CC BY-SA 4.0