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Elm situation

What is the current situation regarding elms? I read that there are now clones of Ulmus americana available that are resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. If so, they are not easy to find. I would really like to help with an Elm revival.
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  • I would contact the Woodland Trust
    They’re the prime mover in restoring our wooded landscape. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I read that elm is everywhere in the British countryside still, but is low growing, mostly as hedging.

  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,412
    Hi Ingelzinho
    We sat in on  a talk by national trust they explained that Dutch elm only effects older trees and as these were all wiped out the only trees now are younger trees, in time these will mature and then be struck down. If I remember rightly it effects them from an 25 years 
  • Yes Wilderbeast ... it’s to do with the size of the trunk etc that the infecting beetle needs. They can’t use young growth but as soon as they get to a decent size .... 😢 

    It was so lovely to see several mature elms in a churchyard on the Cambs/Lincs border last summer. They must be a resistant strain. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,568

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,537
    We have elm shoots in our hedge, coming from the rootstock of a huge elm that was felled 40 years ago. Normally they are kept to about 10 feet. However last year we didn't trim them and they got big. The shoots over 15 ft are dying, the leaves went brown a long time before lower shoots. The wood is tough, the shredder doesn't like it.
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