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Ulmus Danada Charm™

A fast grower with excellent disease and pest resistance make this perfect for parkways and open spaces where fast growth is appreciated.

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 include d 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 t ree reminiscent of the American elm. The glossy, red-tinged s pring foliage is dark green in summer transitioning to golden yellow in the f all. 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.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Danada Charm elm
  • Botanical Name

    Ulmus 'Morton Red Tip'
  • Type

  • Origin

    The elm improvement program at The Morton Arboretum was initiated to address the need for an alternative to the American elm which was suffering signifi cant losses at the time due to Dutch elm disease. Hundreds of open-pollinated seedlings were examined and evaluated for Dutch elm disease-resistance, production ease, hardiness, and landscape performance in the Midwestern U.S. Danada Charm™ elm was the first selected not only its disease-resistance but for their American elm-like vase habits and other worthy attributes.

Cultural Details

  • Size

    60-70' tall by 50-60' wide at maturity
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Full sun
  • Soil

    Tolerant of most soil types, but not exessively moist
  • Moisture

    Moist, but well-drained
  • Disease & Pests

    Excellent resistance to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows
  • Landscape Use

    Specimen, large parks, extensive lawn areas, parkways, golf courses, parking lots, street tree
  • Propagation


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