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Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty'

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Frosty Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Frosty Elm

Frosty Elm

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Frosty Elm (Ulmus parvifolia 'Frosty') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Frosty Elm foliage

Frosty Elm foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Chinese Elm, Lacebark Elm


A magificent small landscape accent tree featuring green leaves with frosted edges and a strongly vase shaped habit and interesting mottled brown bark, impressive in winter; highly resistant to Dutch elm disease, adaptable

Ornamental Features

Frosty Elm has attractive green foliage edged in white throughout the season. The small serrated pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The mottled brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Frosty Elm is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Frosty Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent

Planting & Growing

Frosty Elm will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

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Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features