Jacqueline Hillier Elm

Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier'

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Jacqueline Hillier Elm (Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier') at Westwood Gardens

Jacqueline Hillier Elm

Jacqueline Hillier Elm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Jacqueline Hillier Elm (Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier') at Westwood Gardens

Jacqueline Hillier Elm

Jacqueline Hillier Elm

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Dutch Elm


An ornamental variety that is a rounded or upward spreading small tree with tiny green leaves; its dwarfed habit makes it perfect for bonsai; excellent for garden or landscape accents or along borders

Ornamental Features

Jacqueline Hillier Elm has dark green deciduous foliage on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. The tiny serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The mottled brown bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Jacqueline Hillier Elm is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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 shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Jacqueline Hillier Elm is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Jacqueline Hillier Elm will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub 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 may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Jacqueline Hillier Elm makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden  Container 
Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features