chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

Vanguard™ Elm

Ulmus ‘Morton Plainsman’



The Vanguard™ elm with its superior heat and cold tolerance and drought resistance was selected for use in tough regions of the country where few trees grow, let alone thrive, such as in the Great Plains. Vanguard™ elm is a vigorous grower, with rampant growth that may need some corrective pruning. A rounded habit in its youth becomes somewhat more vase-shaped over time. Attractive dark green foliage all summer turns yellow in autumn. Resistant to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows, but susceptible to the typical insects on elms (Elm Leaf Beetle, Japanese Beetle and leafminer). A hybrid of Ulmus (pumila × davidiana var. japonica)
Mature size: 45 – 50’ H, 40 – 50’ W

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