FAST GROWING, ICONIC SHADE TREE FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE
- Small, green flowers appear in very early spring
- The insignificant blooms turn to small seeds, which are an important early food source for birds and other small animals
- Dark, glossy green leaves emerge in spring
- By fall, the foliage transitions to a golden yellow
- Fast-growing and disease resistant
- Ideal when planted as a street tree or as a shade tree in your backyard
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Mature Height: 50-60' tall
- Mature Width: 25-40' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 25-40' apart
Why plant Accolade™ Elm?
Imagine the many memories that could be created, picnicking and playing underneath the broad canopy of the long-lived Accolade™ Elm. This gorgeous vase-shaped tree deserves all the accolades as it proudly lines many city streets and urban yards with fine glossy green leaves and handsome architecture. Elegant, fast-growing, and disease-resistant are just a few of the compliments this legacy shade tree brings to your landscape. This may be the next backdrop for your yearly family photos, with its golden fall foliage on full display!
Accolade™ Elm’s parents are Ulmus japonica and Ulmus Wilsonian, and this hybrid was the beginning of the Morton Arboretum’s elm improvement program that started in 1972. Dendrologist George Ware fell in love with this gorgeous tree and began breeding the disease-resistant elm for 40 years. His goal was to find disease-resistant alternatives that brought back the spectacular Elm tree to American landscapes.
How to use Accolade™ Elm in the landscape?
Accolade™ Elm produces small green flowers, letting you know the spring has arrived! These little flowers give way to a single seed oval wing. Since these seeds appear before most seeds in the spring, they are a favorite amongst the birds and squirrels for an early meal!
Hardiness Zone: 4-7
How To Plant Accolade™ Elm
Choose a sunny spot for your Accolade™ Elm to promote dense, symmetrical growth and intense fall color. The Accolade™ Elm is a good choice for challenging urban sites and is tolerant of alkaline soils, de-icing salts, air pollution, and winter lows to -20°F. In Elm trials, it has been a solid performer all over the country, from California to Ohio to Maryland.
How To Water
The Accolade™ Elm will be relatively drought tolerant once established, but it will need regular water during establishment. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System during the first couple of years in your landscape to encourage a strong root system to develop.
How To Fertilize
When planting, be sure to use the Bower & Branch Elements Starter Plant Food. After that, yearly applications in early spring are best to ensure your tree has all it needs for a happy and healthy growing season!
How To Prune
The best time to prune your Accolade™ Elm is in late winter to early spring. You'll want to remove any cross branching you may see.
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to be delivered.
Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations.
Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.
From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health.
Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order.
Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.
Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers - Online Customer Service
The Bower & Branch customer service team WILL surprise you with experience. The Plant Whisperer Team is available to all of our customers for all reasons: shipping updates, special requests, plant care, design, placement, selection and all your other gardening needs!
Our Service Team is directly connected to the best growers (ours!) across the country and have access to more plant experience and knowledge than any other retailer out there; online or in your neighborhood. Chat with a Plant Whisperer today!
PlantWhisperers@bowerandbranch.com | (866) 873-3888 | Chat below!
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 866-873-3888
- Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).