New Triumph Elm Tree Planted - Ulmus 'Morton Glossy' - October 2022
Once I knew the large Norway Maple needed to come down, I immediately switched into tree planting-planning mode. I looked around-and-around and thought about what we wanted in a tree:
1. Disease and pest resistant
4. Something 'stately' and (when mature) large
I worked with a few people to sort options. The temptation of the Fall-Colors of the various Maple trees was strong. But, ultimately, the experts that I consulted said that Maples make up far too-much of our local, urban canopy and that I should plant something different.
Further research sent me towards this narrow list called "Chicagoland Grows". What is Chicagoland Grows? From their site:
Established in 1986, Chicagoland Grows® Plant Introduction Program is a unique partnership among the Chicago Botanic Garden, The Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois (OGA), dedicated to developing, selecting, testing, and marketing a diversity of plants from landscape trees to shrubs, perennials, and grasses, all well adapted to midwestern and equivalent landscapes.
That means that the experts from the Botanic Garden and the Arboretum worked with the growers to create and cultivate GOOD trees. The program (currently) features various varieties of trees including Maples, Buckeyes, Elms, Lilacs, Birches and Planetrees.
The Triumph™ elm with its strong, upright branching is easier to train and with its deep green, highly glossy foliage is more attractive as a young tree compared to other elms. The foliage turns yellow in the fall. At a young age, this selection exhibits an upright-oval form becoming more vase-shaped with age. Triumph™ elm has excellent disease resistance, and moderate insect resistance to elm leaf beetle and Japanese beetle. Triumph™ elm was developed through a controlled cross conducted by Dr. George Ware at The Morton Arboretum using Accolade® elm (U. davidiana var. japonica) as the female parent and Vanguard™ elm (U. pumila × davidiana var. japonica) as the male parent.
I picked a 3.5" caliper tree. And, had it planted in our front yard/front porch beds. They removed one of my boxwoods. Here, below, is what the tree looks like on the day it was planted. It is about 20' tall and has a narrow, upright, vase-like shape.
See below for the tags:
77 trees planted/6 growing seasons = 12.8 trees on average planted each season.
56 trees alive/6 growing seasons = 9.3 trees on average survive each season.
Here's the full accounting:
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.