Jefferson American Elm

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Outstanding Selection Jefferson American Elm

  • Treasured Shade Tree
  • Selected by the National Park Service to Grace the Washington Mall
  • Displays Excellent Tolerance to Dutch Elm Disease
  • Considered Sterile
  • Grows Fast into Classic, Vase-Shaped Elm
  • Stately Shade Tree or Street Tree
  • Dark-Green Leaves
  • Textured Foliage Turns Golden in Fall
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Tolerates Urban Conditions and Periodic Drought
  • Cold-Hardy

You're in luck if youlike so many before youcherish the stately good looks of the American Elm. Plant scientists have been incredible advances against the scourge of Dutch Elm Disease, and this is one of the best selections available on the market.

Handsome Jefferson American Elm (Ulmus americana 'Jefferson') was cloned from an impervious specimen found standing proudly on the Washington Mall. It will serve your family just as faithfully.

This mature tree is instantly recognizable, with a broad vase-shaped canopy, sturdy trunk and well-structured branches. Even the finely serrated leaves with prominent veins arranged symmetrically from the midrib bring back memories.

No wonder Elm was such a popular street tree. Jefferson will become a beloved addition to your landscape, whether you use it as a single specimen shade tree or add to a mixed street planting.

The limbs are held in a gracious, open vase that rises up, then arches out. Lustrous dark green foliage casts delightful shade all season.

As nights grow cool, the textured foliage takes on a golden glow. There is perhaps no more magnificent sight than an American Elm dressed for autumn.

Elms are back! Don't miss out on these special trees. Rest assured with this carefully chosen, disease-resistant variety.

We're thrilled to offer this charming and refined selection from the Washington Mall for use at your residence or commercial property. Get ready for the compliments.

Order your Jefferson American Elm from our tree experts at Nature Hills today. Relish their shade...and the chance to educate the curious on the power of the enduring American Elm.

How to Use Jefferson American Elm in the Landscape

Add valuable shade by planting one on the south or southwestern aspect of your lawn. A single tree becomes a focal point with a poignant garden story to tell you, and your family and friends.

Give it room to achieve its full height and spread. Elms look best when they are allowed to preside over their allotted space with ease and grace.

If you have a larger property, why not plant several in a loose grouping? You'll easily create a wonderful, park-like setting without hassle.

Debonair Jefferson American Elms are actually quite rugged. Let them set the stage for an active family.

Or, entice tenants to invest in your commercial properties with help from a curved walking path. Add a few scattered benches placed under their broad-spreading branches for a very appealing corporate campus.

Of course, Elm can be grown in a row as a beautiful shaded boulevard. Add another row on the opposite side of the drive for an enchanting large alle.

But did you know, they'll also mix well with other trees? Keep your investment in plant material healthy with a biodiverse, modern design.

Choose to include them with other stalwart native trees like Oaks, Beech, Hornbeam, Catalpa and Tulip Trees to create a noteworthy display. Don't forget to weave in smaller, flowering understory trees like Redbud and Flowering Dogwood.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant Jefferson American Elm in full sun with at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Well-drained soil is best; and provide a site with plenty of air circulation.

We highly encourage that you add a packet of Nature Hills Root Booster when planting. This time-tested formula includes mycorrhizal fungus.

The ingredients develop a naturally symbiotic relationship with your tree's tiny feeder roots. Support optimal access to water and soil nutrients in one easy step.

Apply a medium amount of supplemental water to protect your investment. You'll hear that Elms can withstand periodic drought, and it's true. But a hydrated tree stays stress-free and healthy.

Add a three-inch layer of mulch to keep the root system cool, and cut down on surface evaporation. Pull it back six inches from around the trunk.

Do any corrective pruning in late winter. The goal is to balance the canopy, with judicious and careful cuts.

Celebrate your opportunity to grow these phenomenal native trees in your space. Order disease-resistant Jefferson American Elm from Nature Hills 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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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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Jefferson American Elm Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Ulmus americana 'Jefferson'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 45 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 40 - 50 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No