TREES & plants


A mature specimen of DANADA CHARM™ elm.

The DANADA CHARM™ elm has very good Dutch elm disease (DED) and elm yellows resistance but is susceptible to elm leaf beetle. Its size makes it ideal for large yards and along streets. Its emerging leaves are glossy red, turning dark green in summer and yellow in fall. This tree is a Chicagoland Grows® selection.

Botanical name: 
Ulmus 'Morton Red Tip'
All Common Names: 
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Planting Site: 
  • Residential and parks, 
  • City parkway, 
  • Wide median, 
  • Restricted sites
Landscape Uses: 
  • Parkway/street, 
  • Shade tree, 
  • Specimen
Size Range: 
  • Large tree (more than 40 feet)
Mature Height: 
60-70 feet
Mature Width: 
50-60 feet
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Acid Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Alkaline Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Salt Spray: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Soil Salt: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Drought Conditions: 
  • Tolerant
Poor Drainage: 
  • Tolerant
Planting Considerations: 
  • Weak wood and branch structure
Ornamental Interest: 
  • Fall color
Season of Interest: 
  • Early spring, 
  • Early fall, 
  • Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: 
  • Vase-shaped
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Transplants Well: 
  • Yes
  • Migrant birds
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

Generally, elm cultivars prefer sun.  Adapt easily to extremes in soil pH, moisture and heat and wind tolerance.
Do not prune elms between mid-April and mid-October.

Disease, pests, and problems

Elm leaf beetles may feed on leaves.

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Very good resistance to Dutch elm disease and elm yellows.

Native geographic location and habitat

Of hybrid origin.

Bark color and texture 

Bark is gray-brown and shallowly furrowed.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Oval, pointed leaves have tooth-within-tooth margins. Leaf is shorter on one side of center vein than on the other. Leaves emerge red in spring, then become green in summer and finally yellow in fall.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Inconspicuous flowers in early spring.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Seed in small oval samara (seed case with wings for wind dispersal).

Ulmus 'Morton Red Tip' or DANADA CHARM™ elm