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Frontier Elm

Frontier Elm (Ulmus x frontier) is an introduction from Schmidt nurseries. Frontier is a lacebark elm hybrid that has a good vase shaped habit, deep burgundy fall color, and good urban site tolerance. It grows faster than lacebark elm and reaches heights of 25-40 feet. It does not produce fruit. One of the more promising elm hybrids. The photos below show the same selection of Frontier planted in Columbus, Ohio, taken 12 years apart in 2000 and 2012.

Elms shown in May, 2000

Frontier Elms in May, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio

Mature elms shown in October, 2012. Some early fall color is visible.

Frontier Elms in October, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio


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T. Davis Sydnor, Ph. D. and Nick E. D'Amato
Urban Forestry Department
School of Natural Resources
The Ohio State University
2021 Coffey Road,
Columbus OH 43210
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