Camperdown elm tree for sale

Elm Trees (Ulmus Species)

We have been cultivating a batch of disease-resistant English elm trees for over 20 years, propagated from cuttings of four elm tree survivors found in the Eighties.

The original trees are still in full leaf, and although it would be wrong to describe the new trees as immune, they certainly have a very high resistance to the disease.

Dutch elm disease was responsible for wiping out more than 90 per cent of the elm tree population during the 70’s and 80’s. The English elm tree is a magnificent tree, which can grow to nearly 200ft. The English elm was, along with the oak, the very symbol of our green and pleasant land so please help us replace the English Elm back to where it rightfully belongs in our beautiful countryside!

We have now sold the original 2000 trees across the UK and will be monitoring their progress before proceeding further with the project. In the meantime we are supplying Ulmus lutece, listed below.

For Paul King’s Interview with Alan Titchmarsh at RHS Chelsea 2011 please

A report of the genetic testing can be downloaded here: Genotyping of seven (7) English Elm (Ulmus procera) samples for Mr Paul King of King & Co The Tree Company Ltd. By Felicidad Fernandez & Laima Antanaviciute.

Camperdown Elm, Umbrella Elm, Weeping Elm ‘Camperdownii’

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Trees

Water Requirements:

Unknown – Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us

Danger:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

N/A

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

Unknown – Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown – Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Wheaton, Illinois

Conrad, Iowa

Orono, Maine

Wells, Maine

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Martville, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Richmond, Virginia

Colbert, Washington

Gig Harbor, Washington

Spokane, Washington(2 reports)

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Weeping Elm Stock Photos and Images

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  • The Camperdown Elm tree in Prospect park in Brooklyn in New York on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The tree was planted in the park in 1872 and is one of the first camperdown elms planted in the United State. The trees originated on the estate of the Earl of Camperdown in Scotland.(© Richard B. Levine)
  • Marne. Chalons en Champagne. Downtown. Parc du Petit Jard (remarkable garden). Tree weeping elm seen from below.
  • A weeping wych elm (Scots elm) in late autumn, in a courtyard of a 1940s school building, with a low sun shooting through
  • Camperdown Elm (Ulmus Glabra ‘Camperdownii’) on East Green in Central Park, New York, in Spring without foliage.
  • Weeping wych elm leaves in spring
  • Flowering Weeping Wych Elm Ulmus glabra pendula
  • Ulmus glabra – ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Wych Elm TRS030966
  • Camperdown Elm Tree
  • Ulmus glabra – ‘Camperdownii’ MIW250627
  • Camperdown Elm Tree
  • ‘Weeping Elm’ (Ulmus glabra Camperdownii) tree branches in spring
  • A Small Weeping Elm during autumn in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
  • This newer bridge inhabits the southern end of Elm Park, in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Camperdown Elm tree at Bloedel Reserve Bainbridge Island Washington
  • English weeping elm (Ulmus campestris microphylla pendula)
  • 621 English weeping elm (Ulmus campestris microphylla pendula)
  • . Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches. Gardening. 6. Trees for streets, ^Lreinies and Hoadsides. T’Iiq number of tree species suitable for street planting is limited by the necessarily heavy restrictions, as to height, spread, sewer-penetration and sidewalk-raising, imposed by municipal street departments, in European. 2562 Weeping elm type of a grotesque ho
  • . Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches. Gardening. ^^^ ^ -2^ J^ 6. Trees for Streets, Avenues and Roadsides. — The number of tree species suitable for street planting is limited by the necessarily heavy restrictions, as to height, spread, sewer-penetration and sidewalk-raising, imposed by municipal street departments. In European. 2562. Weeping elm. type of a g
  • Archive image from page 53 of Descriptive catalogue of fruit and. Descriptive catalogue of fruit and ornamental trees, small fruits, shrubs, roses, bulbs, etc. . descriptivecatal1895jewe Year: 1895 CAMPERDOWN WEEPING ELM. EVERGREENS. WHITE SPRUCE. Evergreens, nurser}- grown, transplant as easily as any class of trees. Young trees, or those of moderate or small size, are the most certain and profitable to remove. Thor- ough culture and mulching, are very useful, especially in dry seasons. Early spring planting we have found the best, but they can safely be removed in wet seasons quite late,
  • The Camperdown Elm tree in Prospect park in Brooklyn in New York on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The tree was planted in the park in 1872 and is one of the first camperdown elms planted in the United State. The trees originated on the estate of the Earl of Camperdown in Scotland.(© Richard B. Levine)
  • The green leaves of interesting and classic, ordinary forms resembling the apple tree, oak or maple and jasmine are isolated on a white background as
  • Wych Tree weeping form
  • Camperdown Elm (Ulmus Glabra ‘Camperdownii’) on East Green in Central Park, New York, in Spring without foliage.
  • Weeping wych elm leaves in spring
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park, Bethesda Fountain
  • Camperdown Elm, Ulmus ‘Camperdownii’, a cultivar involving grafting onto Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra, in a rural cemetery in central Michigan, USA
  • dry leaves of chestnut on a white background
  • Autumn leaves set vector background for poster
  • Camperdown Elm Tree
  • Autumn leaves set vector background for poster
  • A Small Weeping Elm during autumn in Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
  • This is the view south from the center for Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the early fall.
  • Lithograph Our British Forest trees circa 1885
  • Seven trees in silhouette
  • leaf foliage vector outline forest deciduous isolated
  • . Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches. Gardening. ^^^ ^ -2^ J^ 6. Trees for Streets, Avenues and Roadsides. — The number of tree species suitable for street planting is limited by the necessarily heavy restrictions, as to height, spread, sewer-penetration and sidewalk-raising, imposed by municipal street departments. In European. 2562. Weeping elm. type of a g
  • . Descriptive catalogue of fruit and ornamental trees, small fruits, shrubs, roses, bulbs, etc.. Nurseries (Horticulture) Minnesota Catalogs; Fruit trees Seedlings Catalogs; Plants, Ornamental Catalogs; Fruit Catalogs; Trees Seedlings Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. CAMPERDOWN WEEPING ELM.. EVERGREENS. WHITE SPRUCE. Evergreens, nurser}- grown, transplant as easily as any class of trees. Young trees, or those of moderate or small size, are the most certain and profitable to remove. Thor- ough culture and mulching, are very useful, especially in dry seasons. Early spring planting we have found the b
  • Archive image from page 65 of Descriptive catalogue of the Jewell. Descriptive catalogue of the Jewell Nursery Co . descriptivecatal1894jewe Year: 1894 camperdown weeping elm. EVERGREENS. WHITE SPRUCE. Evergreens, nursery grown, transplant as easily as any class of trees. Young trees, or those of moderate or small size, are the most certain and profitable to remove. Thor- ough culture and mulching, are very useful, especially in dry seasons. Early spring planting we have found the best, but they can safely be removed in wet seasons quite late, or un- til the new shoots are started. In plan
  • Batllo Majesty. Mid 12th century. Anonymous. Probably from a church of La Garrotxa comarca, Catalonia. Romanesque. Carved wood with polychromy. National Art Museum of Catalonia. Barcelona. Catalonia. Spain.
  • Wych Tree
  • Weeping wych elm leaves in spring
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park
  • Camperdown Elm, Ulmus ‘Camperdownii’, a cultivar involving grafting onto Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra, in a rural cemetery in central Michigan, USA
  • dry leaves of chestnut on a white background
  • Camperdown Elm Tree
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect park Brooklyn NY
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect park Brooklyn NY
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect Park Brooklyn NY
  • . My garden, its plan and culture together with a general description of its geology, botany, and natural history. Gardening. 4IO MV GARDEN. There are many varieties of Elm, but the one cultivated about Wallington is chiefly, if not entirely, the true English elm (fig. 933). At some former period the elm appears to have been the favourite tree. It is not much planted at the present time round London, as of late years it has extensively died, and in our London parks has been replaced by the plane-tree. The Weeping Elm, a variety of the Scotch Elm {Ulmus inontand) has large leave;s and horizonta
  • . Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches. Gardening. 2562 Weeping elm type of a grotesque horticultural variety Ulmus scabra var horizontalis 6. Trees for Streets.. number of tree species limited by the neciss height, spread, .sewer |i. imposed by municipul – 11(1 Roadsides. – The ‘or street planting is y restrictions, as to iii’l sidewalk-raising, I mints. In Eu
  • Archive image from page 421 of Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising. Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches cyclopediaofam04bail Year: 1900 2562 Weeping elm type of a grotesque horticultural variety Ulmus scabra var horizontalis 6. Trees for Streets.. number of tree species limited by the neciss height, spread, .sewer |i. imposed by municipul – 11(1
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park
  • Camperdown Elm, Ulmus ‘Camperdownii’, a cultivar involving grafting onto Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra, in a rural cemetery in central Michigan, USA
  • dry leaves of chestnut on a white background
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect Park Brooklyn NY
  • . The art of beautifying suburban home grounds of small extend : illustrated by upward of two hundred plates and engravings of plans for residences and their grounds, of trees and shrubs, and garden embellishments ; with descriptions of the beautiful and hardy trees and shrubs grown in the United States. Landscape gardening; Trees. 320 DECIDUOUS TREES.. Fig. that our weeping elm does not develop its greatest beauty except in alluvial soils, and that it suffers everywhere near the seacoast from the persistent attacks of leaf-worms and borers. The English elm differs materially from our weeping
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect Park Brooklyn NY
  • . Descriptive catalogue of the Jewell Nursery Co. Nursery stock Minnesota Catalogs; Plants, Ornamental Catalogs; Fruit Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. camperdown weeping elm.. EVERGREENS. WHITE SPRUCE. Evergreens, nursery grown, transplant as easily as any class of trees. Young trees, or those of moderate or small size, are the most certain and profitable to remove. Thor- ough culture and mulching, are very useful, especially in dry seasons. Early spring planting we have found the best, but they can safely be removed in wet seasons quite late, or un- til the new shoots are started. In planting, tr
  • Camperdown Elm Tree Prospect Park Brooklyn NY
  • Archive image from page 53 of Descriptive catalogue of fruit and. Descriptive catalogue of fruit and ornamental trees, small fruits, shrubs, roses, bulbs, etc. . descriptivecatal1895jewe Year: 1895 44 THE JEWELL NURSERY COMPANY’S U. K. ITar. Pendula. Weeping Slippery Elm.—A variety of luxuriant growth and elegant drooping habit. Its branches shoot upward at first, then bend in graceful curves toward the ground. It also retains its foliage much longer than other elms. XJ. Yar. Camperdown Pendula. Camperdown Weeping Elm.—Grafted six to eight feet high, this forms one of the most picturesque dro
  • Prospect Park winter
  • Prospect Park Brooklyn NYC
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park
  • The art of beautifying suburban home grounds of small extentWith descriptions of the beautiful and hardy trees and shrubs grown in the United States . es of dogwood on the three pointsof the group ;—the bed to be filled, while these are growing, withspreading shrubs of low growth. The group, on the right of thesame entrance, to have an American weeping elm in the centre,and at /, _;, k, and /, the American and European Judas trees, thebroad-leaved strawberry tree i^Enonymus latifolius), and the dog-wood ellwangerbarrysg1896moun Year: 1896 GENERAL CATALOGUE 75 Twenty-five of the Most Desirable Species and Varieties for the Decoration of Parks, Gardens or Lawns, as follows, for $18.00: Maple, Norway Curled-leaved. ‘ Norway Schwedler’s. ‘ Wler’s Cut-leaved. ‘ Sug-ar. Almond, Large Doulile-flowermg-. Ash, Weeping. Aucuba-leaved. Birch, Cut-leaved Weeping. Beech, Cut-leaved. ‘ Purple-leaved. Crab, Double Rose-flowering. Elm, Huntingdon. ‘ superba. Horse Chestnut, Double White-flowering, ‘â Red-flowering. Linden, Europ
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park, Bow Bridge
  • . Descriptive catalogue of the Jewell Nursery Co. Nursery stock Minnesota Catalogs; Plants, Ornamental Catalogs; Fruit Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. camperdown weeping elm.. EVERGREENS. WHITE SPRUCE. Evergreens, nursery grown, transplant as easily as any class of trees. Young trees, or those of moderate or small size, are the most certain and profitable to remove. Thor- ough culture and mulching, are very useful, especially in dry seasons. Early spring planting we have found the best, but they can safely be removed in wet seasons quite late, or un- til the new shoots are started. In planting, tr
  • Ellwanger & Barry’s general catalogue Ellwanger & Barry’s general catalogue : Mount Hope nurseries ellwangerbarrysg1892moun Year: 1892 GENERAL CATALOGUE. 75 Twenty-five of the Most Desirable Species and Varieties for the Decoration of Parks, Gardens or Lawns, as follows, for $18.00: Almond, Large Double-flowering-. Ash, Weeping. Aucuba-leaved. Birch, Cut-leaved Weeping. Beech, Cut-leaved. ‘ Purple-leaved. Crab, Double Rose-flowering. Elm, Hunting-don. ‘ superba. Horse Chestnut, Double White-flowering. ” Bed-flowering. Linden, European. ♦ Red Fern-leaved. Maple, Norway Curled-leaved. ‘ Norway
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park
  • . Charles Eliot, landscape architect : a lover of nature and of his kind who trained himself for a new profession, practised it happily and through it wrought much good /Charles William Eliot. e plants, and grouped upon the grassnear the angles of the walks are specimens of such trees asthe Flowering Magnolias, the Red-flowering Horse-chestnut,the Weeping Elm, the Swamp Cypress, the Ginkgo, theOriental Spruce, the Swiss Stone Pine, and the MountainPine (P. Mughus). Such specimen plants are certainly quitein place in a formal garden intended to be decorative. Theyshould, however, be chosen for
  • . Descriptive catalogue of hardy ornamental trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennial plants, etc. : twenty-fourth edition. Ornamental trees Catalogs; Shrubs Catalogs; Roses Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. 38 ELL WANGER & BARRY’S CATALOGUE.. CAMPERDOWN WEEPING ELM. XJ. flilva. Ked ob Slippery Elm. Of medium size, and straggling open head. var. fulva pendula. Weeping Slippery Elm. A recently introduced variety of luxuriant growth, and elegant drooping habit. Its branches shoot upwards at first, then bend in graceful curves toward the ground. It also retains its foliage much longer than other Elms. $1
  • Ellwanger & Barry’s general catalogue Ellwanger & Barry’s general catalogue of fruit & ornamental trees, roses etc ellwangerbarrysg1894moun Year: 1894 QENEEAL CATALOGUE. 75 Twenty-five of the Most Desirable Species and Varieties for the Decoration of Parks, Gardens or Lawns, as follows, for $18.00: Almond, Large Doulile-flowering. Ash, Weeping. Aucuba-leaved. Birch, Cut-leaved Weeping. Beech, Cut-leaved. ‘ Purple-leaved. Crab, Double Rose-flowering. Elm, Huntingdon. ‘ superba. Horse Chestnut, Double White-flowering. •’ Red-flowering. Linden, European, ‘ Red Pern-leaved. Maple, Norway Curled-l
  • USA, New York City, Manhattan, Central Park
  • The art of beautifying suburban home grounds of small extentWith descriptions of the beautiful and hardy trees and shrubs grown in the United States . observers.Many specimens of the weeping elm, while young, like the wildand not unusual form shown by Fig. 76, arefine examples of erratic luxuriance, but theyusually fill up, with age, and finally becomemodels of symmetry. Trees are often madepicturesque by accidents, as the breaking oftrunks or important branches by summer tor-nados, or the falling of other trees upon them.Fig. 78 is an example from nature of a whiteoak upwards of three feet in
  • . Descriptive catalogue of ornamental trees, shrubs, roses, flowering plants, &c. Ornamental trees Catalogs; Shrubs Catalogs; Roses Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. ORNAMEN^TAL TREES, SHRUBS, ETC. 39. CAMPERDOWN AVEEPIXG ELM. *XJ. montana. Scotch, or Wych El,:m. A fine spreading tree, of rapid growth, and large foliage. §1.00. var. camperdown penclula. Campeedown "Weeping Elm. Grafted 6 to 8 feet high, this forms one of tlie most picturesque drooping trees. It is of rank growth, the shoots often making a zigzag growth outward and downward of several feet in a single season. The leaves are
  • Archive image from page 16 of Descriptive catalogue of the Washington. Descriptive catalogue of the Washington Street Nurseries, Graves, Selover, Willard & Co., Geneva, N. Y descriptivecatal1870wash Year: 1870 GENEVA, ONTARIO COUNTY, N. Y. 13 Cherry, (0 raw.) EVER FLOWERING WEEPING, {Semperflorens Pendula.) A fine droop- ing variety, bearing flowers and fruit all summer. DWARF WEEPING, {Pumila.) A curious and beautiful little round-headed tree, grafted standard high; very ornamental. Elm, {Ulmus.) CAMPERDOWN WEEPING.—A fine weeping variety. ROUGH LEAVED WEEPING, {Rugosa Pendula.) Large rough
  • . The century book of gardening; a comprehensive work for every lover of the garden. Gardening. TREES AND SHRUBS. 435. HEATHY BANK AT KBW. Willow the branches have an upward tendency, while the minor shoots and twigs are strictly pendulous. Weeping Trees must be rightly placed. The illustration of the Weeping Elm shows how beautiful a tree of this growth is when not muddled up with other things. Willows by waterside, and weeping trees planted to reveal their true beauty, add to the charm and interest of a garden. But weeping trees must not be used recklessly or in too great a variety. A few we
  • . Descriptive catalogue of the Jewell Nursery Co. Nursery stock Minnesota Catalogs; Plants, Ornamental Catalogs; Fruit Catalogs; Flowers Catalogs. 44 THE JEWELL NURSERY COMPANY’S XJ, P. "Var. Pendula. Weeping Slippery Elm.—A variety of luxuriant growth and elegant drooping habit. Its branches shoot upward at first, then bend in graceful curves toward the ground. It also retains its foliage much longer than other elms. U. ‘Var. Camperdown Pendula. Camperdown Weepdjg Elm.—Grafted six to eight feet high, this forms one of the most picturesque drooping trees. It is of rank growth, the shoots
  • Archive image from page 19 of Descriptive catalogue of the Washington. Descriptive catalogue of the Washington Street Nurseries descriptivecatal00wash Year: 1871 14 GRAVES, SELOVEE, WILLARD & CO., Kilmarnock weeping willow. Elm, (Ulmus.) CAMPERDOWN WEEPING.—A fine weeping variety. EOUGH LEAVED WEEPING, {Rugosa Pendula.) Large rough leaves and fine pendulous habit. Linden, or Lime Tree, (Tilia.) WHITE LEAVED WEEPING, {Alba Pendula.) A fine tree, with large leaves, and drooping branches. Larch, {Larix.) WEEPING.—A variety of the European Larch, with drooping branches, very han
  • . Cyclopedia of American horticulture, comprising suggestions for cultivation of horticultural plants, descriptions of the species of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and ornamental plants sold in the United States and Canada, together with geographical and biographical sketches. Gardening. 2562 Weeping elm type of a grotesque horticultural variety Ulmus scabra var horizontalis 6. Trees for Streets.. number of tree species limited by the neciss height, spread, .sewer |i. imposed by municipul – 11(1 Roadsides. – The ‘or street planting is y restrictions, as to iii’l sidewalk-raising, I mints. In Eu
  • . Descriptive catalogue of trees, shrubs, vines and evergreens. Nurseries (Horticulture) Pennsylvania Catalogs; Trees Seedlings Catalogs; Ornamental shrubs Catalogs; Fruit Catalogs. MF.F.HANS Chinese Cypress, Clyptostrobus pendu- la €1 00 A beautiful tree,-with pendulous habit, and much of the gracefuhiess of the Deciduous Cypress. Dogwood, Cornus Florida pendula, (See cut) 81 50 This weeping Dogwood is one of our own introduc- tions. Its pendulous habit, upright leader, large white flowers, and scarlet fruit and foliage in the fall, place it in the foremost rank of weepers. Elm, Ulmus fulva p

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Elm trees are found in the Ulmus genus in the Ulmaceae family. Other genera in this family include Zelkova, Ampelocera, and Planera.

The leaves on elm trees alternate on the branch and are usually doubly serrated. Most feature perfect flowers that develop into samaras. Unlike the familiar helicopter samaras produced by maple trees, those of elm trees are circular. They are very prolific in their fruiting and can often be invasive if the growing conditions are right.

Elmwood tends not to rot if placed in water, even if for long periods of time, so it has been used to make ships and piers throughout history. It has also been carved out to create water pipes at times.

In many areas, elm trees have fallen out of favor due to the advent of Dutch elm disease. In the United States, too many people planted just the American elm (Ulmus americana) instead of planting a variety of elm species. Like the Irish potato famine of the 19th century, the lack of diversity proved fatal, and many American elm trees have died over the years.

This fungal disease causes the tree to wilt and die. It is brought on by either Ophiostoma ulmi or Ophiostoma novo-ulmi and is spread by two bark beetles, which are the native elm bark beetle (Hylurgopinus rufipes) and the European elm bark beetle (Scolytus multistriatus).

Elm trees are returning to landscapes, though. You now can choose a species, variety or hybrid that is more resistant to Dutch elm disease. When you go to your local nursery, see if they have Ulmus americana ‘Valley Forge,’ ‘New Harmony,’ or ‘Princeton.’

A popular alternative is the Japanese zelkova tree. This elm cousin may also catch this disease, but it is usually free from this problem.

North American elms may also be plagued by a disease called elm yellows or elm phloem necrosis. Several types of leafhoppers bring phytoplasmas to the elm tree. It gets into the phloem and destroys it, shutting down the transport of food and water and eventually leading to the tree’s death. You can plant a species that are from Asia or Europe to avoid (or at least lessen) this problem.

The magnificent Princeton elm, Ulmus Americana ‘Princeton’ is the ideal tree to plant where large soil volume and above ground space is available. This is a true American elm, not a hybrid, but selected from a specimen around 1922 and developed by Princeton Nurseries. It has a proven record of Dutch elm resistance and longevity on the street. Ironically, the Dutch Elm Disease that decimated most elm trees in the US was not introduced into the US until about 10 years later, and Princeton elm trees planted before this time are still around today. This selection is also resistant to the elm leaf beetle but may be susceptible to phloem necrosis and wet wood.

Princeton elms, like most other elms, are fast growing trees. In nursery production under ideal conditions, we quickly learned that they had to be pruned more than once per year in youth to maintain acceptable structure. Once established they can become leggy and almost weeping in youth. Anyone planting elms must understand and commit to structural and subordinate pruning. These trees respond well to pruning and will compartmentalize quickly from mechanical or storm damage.

The Princeton American elm has large alternate simple leaves, ovate and oblong, 3 to 6 inches long and 1 to 3 inches wide. They are possibly one of the most easily recognized leaves of any tree species. Both leaf ends are acuminate – tapering to a point – but unequal at the base. They are doubly serrate, lustrous dark green, rough or smooth on top, and pubescent or nearly glabrous beneath.

The structure of the Princeton elm is upright, vase shaped with long reaching limbs. They are most magnificent when trained with a high branch structure so they form a wide tall canopy that can reach 60 to 80 feet tall in older age.

Photo Credit: https://princetonamericanelm.blogspot.com/

They grow best in deep rich moist soil but have been known to tolerate both wet and dry conditions. We have found that all elms transplant easily except while in leaf, so dormant transplanting or root pruned trees for summer digs is recommended. The root system is said to be wide, shallow, and fibrous with some potential for infrastructure damage in narrower planting strips. Root barriers may prevent or prolong that possibility.

There are many new elm cultivars that are in nursery production today but few if any that have this long a proven track record. However, these new elm cultivars may have a smaller or narrower form or a unique character making them more suitable for limited locations. But remember to keep the Princeton American elm on your large street tree list.

As always, let me know your experience with any of the elms.

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