Frontier Elm

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A Landscaper's favorite for Streets and Smaller Landscapes

Sometimes you just need a small tree. Not a huge shade tree or a big windbreak tree. You need something to fit under the power lines so the electric company doesn’t whack off its top and leave you with a misshapen mess every two years. You need a tree that looks good by your fence but doesn’t cover half of your neighbor’s yard, too. What you need is the Frontier Elm (Ulmus 'Frontier').

This was a breakthrough tree when it was introduced in 1990 by the National Arboretum. Dutch elm disease was decimating trees across the country then and there was a need for a tree that was highly resistant. The Frontier Elm is the result of that research.

It is a terrific small tree – it only grows about 25 feet tall, with a spread of 15 feet – which makes it perfect for an urban street tree, or beside your driveway or mixed in with your foundation plantings.

It combines small glossy green leaves in the spring, with lovely red-purple autumn coloration - unlike most other elm trees, which turn yellow. The bark is magnificent and often a beautiful mottled combination of gray, green orange and brown.

‘Frontier’ has proven itself in a wide range of locations and climates. It is also very tolerant of urban conditions and grows quickly.

This is the perfect tree for your small garden. Order yours from Nature Hills today!

* Small size fits any garden
* Disease resistant
* Great fall color 


Frontier Elm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Ulmus 'Frontier'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Widely adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium