Brandon Elm

Ulmus americana 'Brandon'

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Brandon Elm (Ulmus americana 'Brandon') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Brandon Elm

Brandon Elm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Brandon Elm (Ulmus americana 'Brandon') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Brandon Elm in fall

Brandon Elm in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b


An extremely hardy and fast growing shade tree with an upright vase-shaped habit of growth and a very dense branching structure, smaller and denser than the massive American elm and a better choice for home landscapes.

Ornamental Features

Brandon Elm has dark green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Brandon Elm is a dense deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Brandon Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Brandon Elm will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy of foliage that sits well above the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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Ornamental Features