Triumph Elm Tree (Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’)

Triumph Elm Tree

  • Wonderfully Disease Resistance
  • Beautiful Form Develops Early
  • Upright Branches Arch Outward
  • Distinctive Textured Foliage is Glossy and Dark-Green
  • Golden-Yellow Fall Color
  • Widely Adaptable
  • Tolerates Cold, Heat and Periodic Drought
  • Can Handle Urban Conditions
  • Magnificent Shade Tree or Street Tree

Elms are back! We’re so pleased to offer these magnificent trees, and not just for their great looks. The Green Industry has spent decades sampling and studying disease and pest-resistant new plants to bring to market.

Beautiful Triumph™ Elm (Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’) is one of the best modern Elms available. It features a spectacular upright-oval form that develops early, and matures into that instantly-recognizable vase-shape.

This state-of-the-art selection resulted from a controlled cross between Vanguard™ Elm and Accolade™ Elm, conducted by Dr. George Ware at the Morton Arboretum. Introduced through the Chicagoland Grows® consortium of growers and scientists, Triumph Elm has a graceful upright habit with strong branching.

It makes a welcome addition to your landscape all year-long. Use it strictly as a shade tree to lower your cooling costs. Or, run a series of these urban tolerant trees along your street as a beneficial way to greet guests in style.

The large, lustrous dark green foliage shelters your home or commercial business in blissful shade. In fall, the leaves turn a burnished golden-yellow that light up the cool nights of autumn.

Triumph Elm demonstrates very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease, Elm yellows and Elm leaf beetle. It is adaptable to a wide variety of soil conditions and adapts easily to extremes in pH, moisture, wind, winter and high heat.

Gain a valuable asset with the beauty and strength of Triumph Elm. You’ll certainly have a “comeback story” to share with guests.

The grandeur of Elm trees isn’t forgotten any longer. Nature Hills is excited to share the beautiful success of the breeding and research efforts of the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum.

How to Use Triumph™ Elm in the Landscape

Add one or more on the south or southwestern aspect of your lawn. An informal grouping of them makes a spectacular, park-like setting on a large property.

Allow enough room for them to achieve their mature height and spread. After all, you won’t want to prune their phenomenal form, beyond a bit of strategic shaping.

Elms are so charming. They look dashing in the landscape, but this variety is actually tough as nails.

Use a row of them to create a fantastic shaded boulevard. They also mix well with other trees.

In fact, we encourage this. Plant biodiversity is a smart concept that improves the overall health of your plantings.

Add Triumph Elm to a mix of shade trees that offer orange, burgundy or red fall color. Plant them in a drifting cluster with evergreen trees; and include Viburnum and Red Twigged Dogwood shrubs and large Ornamental Grasses in the foreground.

These trees can even create a noteworthy backdrop for a curated collection of smaller ornamentals, such as Redbud or Flowering Dogwood. Let your imagination soar, relying on Triumph Elm to become a sculptural element to hang your design upon.

Tips for Care

This Elm is highly adaptable to many well-drained soils, and does best in full sun. It will need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.

Give young trees a medium amount of water during the first season, especially when the weather turns hot. An established Triumph will survive periodic drought, although we encourage you to apply supplemental water to protect your investment.

Trees that have enough moisture stay stress-free and healthy. Mulch is helpful to keep the root system cool.

Any pruning should be done in early spring. Carefully plan your pruning cuts to balance the canopy.

Triumph Elm Tree (Ulmus ‘Morton Glossy’) Details

Common name Triumph Elm Tree
Botanical name Ulmus 'Morton Glossy'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 50 - 60 ft.
Width 35 - 40 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring