Northern Empress® Japanese Elm - Ulmus davidiana var. japonica ‘Burgundy Glow’ (RFM-74)
A very hardy small to medium sized growing elm with a rounded crown, open branching, and attractive summer and fall foliage. Fall foliage changes from green to apricot-orange to burgundy-red before leaf drop. Size and form permit use in smaller homeowner and business landscapes, parks, and boulevard plantings.
USDA hardiness zone 3-6
Height: 28', Spread: 24'
Rounded open crown
Deciduous, leaves are smaller in size than American elm. Summer: Medium green. Autumn: Advancing fall color changing from an apricot-orange to burgundy-red before leaf drop.
Non showy, perfect, appearing before foliage emergence in early spring.
Winged samara brown in color when ripe.
Well drained soils, pH adaptable and tolerant of higher pH soils. Northern Empress® has shown moderate to good drought tolerance.
Grafting, tissue culture or softwood cuttings.
Insects and Diseases:
Minimally affected by black leaf spot of elm. Inherent resistance to elm leaf beetles and Dutch Elm Disease (DED).
Northern Empress® Japanese Elm is a unique, small statured elm selection hardy into UDSA climatic zone 3 with excellent dependable burgundy red fall coloration, unusual among hardy elm cultivars.
Recommended for use as a small to medium sized ornamental tree in urban landscape planting areas. This is especially relevant where available space or overhead power lines are a concern and where hardiness of other elm cultivars may be an issue.
Northern Empress® Japanese Elm adds a useful elm cultivar to diversify the availability of elm selections returning to the landscape.
U.S. Trademark registered Northern Empress®
This cultivar is available for non-exclusive licensing.
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