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Valley Forge American Elm trees planted along a pathway in bright yellow fall color
Valley Forge American Elm closeup of dark green rounded elm leaves
Valley Forge American Elm trees planted along a pathway in bright yellow fall color
Valley Forge American Elm closeup of dark green rounded elm leaves



  • Incredibly handsome shade tree
  • Corrugated, dark-green leaves turn a beautiful golden color in fall
  • Highly resistant to both Dutch Elm Disease and Elm Leaf Beetle
  • Cold hardy and tough 
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 60-80' tall
  • Mature Width: 50-60' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 50-60' apart

Valley Forge American Elm

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Ulmus americana 'Valley Forge'

Regular price $995.00
Delivery Date Determined By Size
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Why plant Valley Forge American Elm?

Big, beautiful, and hardy! Valley Forge American Elm is best known as the most disease resistant of all other Elms. The strong traditional Elm look makes a commanding presence in your landscape, growing to heights of 60 to 80 feet tall, and can live up to 300 years - a lifetime of wonderful memories! This handsome tree serves as a host for many butterflies as the caterpillars snack on the foliage. Many of our beloved birds like Northern Cardinals, warblers, finches, and nuthatches enjoy both its seeds and leaf buds, as we get to enjoy their songs and colors right in the backyard. Bask under the oversized leaves, or have a fourth of July picnic beneath the arching architecture. Valley Forge American Elm is a staple, adding resilience and prosperity to all gardens.

Grand old American Elms once lined our streets, their lofty, arching canopies meeting overhead and casting cooling shade below. In the 1930s, an accidentally imported disease began killing these gentle giants. By the 1950s and ’60s, millions of trees had died. But not all! Contrary to what many people believe, some American Elms were able to survive. The two largest survivors live in Baltimore, Maryland, and Chesapeake, Virginia. The Maryland tree is 112 feet tall and 84 feet wide; the Virginia specimen is 110 feet by 116 feet. Both have trunks that are more than six feet in diameter.

How to use Valley Forge American Elm in the landscape?

Valley Forge American Elm is the ultimate shade tree, with a story of resilience and prosperity! Add American Elms to the southern and southwest side of your property to cool your home in the summertime. Pair with other disease-resistant elms to create a collected focal point. Plant along the length of your property alternating between Valley Forge and Princeton Elms as they will play off each other with beautiful contrasting colors in the fall. These wonderful and noble trees become a formal accent tree on any commercial property.

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a 'grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.

We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Valley Forge American Elm

Give your Valley Forge American Elm a position in full sun in deep, fertile, well-drained soil. Water regularly and mulch with wood chips or bark to keep the rootzone cool and moist. This is not a fussy tree, and it will grow in less-than-ideal conditions, but because of the continued threat of Dutch Elm disease, it should not be subjected to any unnecessary stresses. Your tree may be resistant to the disease, but it may not be immune. In good conditions, Valley Forge American Elm is a fast-growing tree, and it will get right to work creating choice bird habitat and cooling shade.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Not much pruning work is required on your Valley Forge American Elm as it is very low maintenance. Prune as needed in late winter or very early spring while the tree is still dormant.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our 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 your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks to be delivered. - Sizes Large (AA) and smaller (Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

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.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


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).


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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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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 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).

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