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Frontier Elm

Red-purple fall color.

Scientific Name:
Ulmus ‘Frontier’              

Under Power Lines:
No—this tree is not approved for planting under power lines.

Street Tree Planting:
Yes—minimum planting strip width of 6 feet. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.

Fast growing vase-shaped tree with beautiful red-purple fall color. This is a great street tree!

Mature Height:
40 feet

Mature Spread:
30 feet

Deciduous with glossy green foliage and long-lasting burgundy fall color.

Rarely flowers

Cultural Notes:
Tolerates urban conditions, including poor soils. Prefers partial to full sun.

Potential Problems:
Good resistance to Dutch elm disease and moderate resistance to Elm Leaf Beetle. Not tolerant to drought, so very important to regularly water in summer months.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 20 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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A beautiful Frontier elm- lined street (J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.)


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