American Elm Status
Recently I have found several clusters of wild American
Elms in western Massachusetts. How rare is this find and is there
anyone in the region who may be interested in the location of these trees
American Elm stands can be found all over the central and eastern US. In
my neighborhood alone we have over 30 100+ year old specimens. The
reason they are here is because the neighbor treated the elms with
injections periodically for about 30 years; both professionally and as a
block project. We have lost a few, but the majority are still
thriving. Morton Arboretum in Lisle Illinois has been studying Elms for
about 50 years and have some very valuable information. Look for them on
American Elm is not rare in New England. Really large trees are
rather uncommon due to the Dutch Elm Disease. I don't know of anyone looking
for American Elm large or small.
Interesting since it is the state tree. I'll forward this to Ray Angelo at
the New England Botanical Club who might be interested or may know someone
who might be interested.
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012