Emerald Sunshine Elm

Ulmus propinqua ‘JFS-Bieberich


This is an upright elm tree with a beautiful, vase-shaped canopy. The toothed leaves stay a rich green all summer, changing to orange and yellow in fall.


This tree was selected for its tolerance to heat, low irrigation, and windy conditions. It grows in an upright vase shape and develops orange fall color. It is resistant to elm diseases and pests. It grows well in a lawn.


Note that any tree grown in a lawn may develop surface roots unless irrigation is properly managed. Tree roots need both air and water in the root zone. Lawns are frequently overwatered, resulting in water-logged soil with no air in the root zone. Check your tree’s root zone to see if it is water-logged or too dry. The best method is to dig a small hole about 12 inches deep and look at the soil: if it is bone dry, there is not enough water; if it is muddy, there is too much water; if it is moist like a cake, it is just right. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive moisture meter from your nursery or hardware store and look for a “moist” reading.

Emerald Sunshine Elm

Height: 30 to 35 feet
Spread: 20 to 25 feet
Growth Rate: moderate to fast

Irrigation needed: medium water; can survive with less, but grows faster and looks better with medium water
Fall Color: orange-yellow
Flowers:  inconspicuous
Seeds/Fruit: ¼-inch to ½-inch flat, winged fruits

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, swimming pool: 15 feet
Fence, paving, underground utilities: 6 feet
Overhead, high voltage lines: 20 feet

Young Emerald Sunshine Elm