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What is Wrong With My Camperdown Elm?

I have a mature Camperdown or Weeping Elm. This Spring/Summer it is showing signs of disease or senescence. A few limbs have died with leaf buds produced but not developing. Other limbs show only partly developed leaves with the leaves curled and lacking colour. Other limbs appear normal with healthy leaves. Some leaves develop a grey, hard, papery, scaly appearance. There is a large woody gall halfway up the tree. This tree was healthy last spring/summer. The winter and spring has been unusually wet here. I live in Tasmania, Australia. I am wondering whether it is a disease or just old age which is leading to these symptoms and if a disease then is it treatable?


  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,439
    edited January 2021
    Welcome to the forums!

    I fear it is canker.
    Maybe this link will help you.
    i fear your tree is done for though.

    Just as a by the way .....Camperdown park in Dundee. Scotland UK was where all Ulmus glabra Camperdownii  originate from. Well grown they are super weeping trees.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thanks for the info Silver Surfer. I agree with you that it’s not looking good. I am wondering whether to try removing all dead and diseased limbs/branches but know that this will completely ruin the form of the tree. Sadly I think I am going to have to remove the tree. 
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