Accolade Elm

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Healthy, Fast, Beautiful Shade Accolade™ Elm

  • Excellent Disease Resistance
  • Bold Form with Finely Textured Foliage
  • Glossy, Dark-Green Leaves
  • Golden Yellow Fall Color
  • Dynamic Vase-Shape
  • Fast Growth Rate, Especially While Young
  • Beautiful Mature Form
  • Outstanding Shade Tree
  • Great as a Street Tree
  • Can Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Tolerates Periodic Drought
  • Tolerates Urban Conditions

The Green Industry works hard behind the scenes to sample and study new plants to bring to market. That effort can take many years, and only a handful of varieties may ever make a big impact on residential and commercial landscapes.

The gorgeous, vase-shaped Accolade™ Elm (Ulmus davidiana var. japonica 'Morton') tree is a perfect example of these endeavors. It grows quickly, with upright, arching branches that provides a shady sanctuary for you and your family.

A Chicagoland Grows® selection, Accolade Elm was developed in partnership between the famed Morton Arboretum at the Chicago Botanic Garden and a network of plant nurseries in Illinois. Their goal was to find disease-resistant alternatives that brought back the spectacular Elm tree to American landscapes.

They studied hundreds of seedlings for health, hardiness and landscape performance. Accolade Elm demonstrates very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease, and Elm leaf beetle.

Featuring finely textured, glossy leaves and golden-yellow fall color, Accolade is especially useful as a street, parkway or shade tree. It grants that elegant upright, spreading vase-shape you love about Elms.

Truly a labor of love, Accolade is a very worthy landscape tree to gentrify your landscape with easy charm. It grows fast, especially as a young tree.

This strapping tree is very handsome. Imagine the many years of enjoyment spent entertaining and playing underneath its broad canopy.

How many Elm Streets are there in towns and cities across the United States? These magnificent trees were an incredible natural resource for our city streets and yards.

We're so grateful for the dedication of the Green Industry to supply viable, widely adaptable options for the American Elm. Take a stand with the showy shade tree, Accolade Elm.

Hardy Accolade has excellent disease and pest resistance. Place your order for Accolade Elm today.

How to Use Accolade™ Elm in the Landscape

These stately, fast-growing trees provide a generous amount of shade. Plant one on the south or southwestern aspect of your lawn.

Please give them (and all large trees) plenty of room to achieve their mature height and spread. If you have the room, you can use several in a lush, park-like grouping.

Elms have always looked incredible as street trees. With their upright stems arching up and out, you'll create a beautiful allée. Durable, rugged Accolade Elm tolerates urban conditions.

In recent decades, Americans have learned a lot about the importance of plant biodiversity. Try a very modern approach to street plantings by alternating three or five Accolade Elms with other trees, such as a set of Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress and Princeton Sentry Ginkgo.

You'll achieve a formal look, but improve the critical diversity of trees. Enjoy looking through our extensive catalog to create the combination that works best for your space.

Commercial property owners should take note, as well. Shade with Accolade Elm, Autumn Blaze Maple, Burgundy Sweet Gum and Pin Oak in opulent clusters.

Vary the spacing and think "outside the straight line" for the most natural effect. You'll have plenty of interest in your property, especially if you add thoughtful walking trails and benches through your plantings.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Accolade Elm is highly adaptable, easy to grow and maintain in full sun or partial shade. It will need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Give it well-drained soils for best results. Establish young trees with a medium amount of water, especially when the weather is hot and dry.

Once established after the first few seasons, Accolade Elm tolerates some drought. However, we recommend that you keep up with the supplemental watering in drought to keep your tree healthy and stress-free.

Apply a three-inch layer of pine mulch over the root system. Then, pull the mulch back least six inches from around the trunk.

These speedy trees have a fast growth rate and you can balance the canopy with strategic pruning. Pruning is best done in early spring, starting when the tree is young.

Create an impressive landscape with the disease-resistant Accolade Elm from Nature Hill. You'll love its fast shade, and gorgeous form. Order yours today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Accolade Elm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ulmus davidiana var. japonica 'Morton'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 50 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring