chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Danada Charm™ Elm

Ulmus ‘Morton Red Tip’



In a search for new trees that would provide an alternative to the devastated American elm, Danada Charm™ elm stood out from hundreds of open-pollinated seedlings of U. davidiana var. japonica that also included the Accolade® elm. Danada Charm™ is a fast grower, even for an elm, and matures from a rounded habit in its youth to a large but elegant vase-shaped tree reminiscent of the American elm. The glossy, red-tinged spring foliage is dark green in summer transitioning to golden yellow in the fall. It has exhibited excellent resistance to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows, but is moderately susceptible to Japanese beetles and elm leaf beetle. The name Danada is derived from the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation that through its generous funding was instrumental in the development, propagation, and production of this selection. Mature size: 60 – 70’ H, 50 – 60’ W.

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