|Commendation Elm – U. ‘Morton Stalwart’|
Family Ulmaceae – Zelkova, Hackberry, Elm
Introduced by Chicagoland Grows, Commendation elm is a tough, fast-growing tree.
1. Ulmus pumilla x U. carpinifolia
2. Morton Accolade elm
|Commendation Elm ‘Morton Stalwart’ is a hybrid of these two trees, themselves both hybrids|
Once a very popular and long-lived (300+ years) shade and street tree, American Elm suffered a dramatic decline in the 1950s with the infestation of Dutch elm disease, a fungus spread by a bark beetle. Accolade, Commendation, Triumph, and numerous other elm varieties are the result of efforts to provide elms with more disease and insect resistance.
Cultivar ‘Morton Stalwart’, trade name Commendation, is a complex hybrid of the Morton Accolade (fig 2.) elm and
Commendation Elm is 14 years old 
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Family Ulmaceae – Zelkovas, Hackberries and Elms
There are about 200 species of trees and shrubs in Ulmaceae. Elms fell victim to Dutch Elm disease during the 1950s; until that time, they were the premier shade tree along the streets of our American towns and cities. The Morton Arboretum in past years has bred and marketed five new elm varieties resistant to Dutch elm disease.
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