The accolade elm is a hybrid of the species Ulmus japonica and Ulmus wilsoniana. The hybrid was introduced to take place of the American elm, whose population saw a huge decline with the introduction of Dutch elm disease. The species branching mimics the graceful arches found in the American elm. The species’ leaves are elliptical in shape and are between 2-4 inches; they are arranged alternately and have pinnate venation. The leaves have serrated edges and are forest green color. The fruit is brown, dry and oval.