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Camperdown Weeping Elm
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Camperdown Weeping Elm is a tree that the whole family will enjoy. Adults will love this unusual ornamental tree’s majestic cascading form and the touch of elegance it lends to the landscape. The little ones, on the other hand, will be excited to discover the “fort” that will appear under the canopy if you let its gracefully arching branches sweep the ground. Even after the kids are grown, they’ll have a soft spot in their hearts for this tree because of the good times they had playing beneath its branches. Maybe one day they’ll bring the grandkids over to play under it, too!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Spacing: 25-30'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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In 1835 David Taylor discovered a contorted branch of an elm tree growing in the forest at Camperdown House in Dundee Scotland. Taylor was the head forester to the Earl of Camperdown. He replanted the young tree within the gardens of Camperdown House where it still remains to this day. The original tree is less than 9 feet tall with a lovely weeping habit and unusual contorted structure. He created the Camperdown Elm by grafting it to the trunk of the Wych elm. Every Camperdown Elm today originates from that mutant cutting found so long ago in Scotland.
This Elm is a legacy tree, a beautiful specimen and a kid's paradise all wrapped up in one! The weeping habit of this special Elm is just breathtaking, a graceful tree that would be welcome in any yard, large or small. The kids would have a ball playing beneath the arching branches and the branching structure of this magnificent tree is reason enough alone! Bright green foliage cover the arching branches throughout the season creating a cool and inviting space beneath.
How to Grow
Camperdown Elm is an adaptable tree, comfortable with frigid winters, less-than-perfect soils, and wet conditions. It’s partial to full sun, but will also grow in light shade. Being an Elm, it should come as no surprise that it plays host to some pests and diseases. It can contract Dutch Elm Disease, though it rarely does in the U.S., and Elm Leaf Beetles sometimes chew the leaves, though the damage is merely superficial and not life-threatening. Since flowers are not a factor, you can prune this tree at any time of year.
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