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Forum topic by derosa posted 10-08-2011 08:23 AM 1131 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-08-2011 08:23 AM

In my area of NY most of the elm trees have been decimated by disease with one giant exception that sits in front of my church. If it wasn’t the only known elm tree in town I’d have it cut down as it obstructs the view of traffic. Instead I’d like to plant more trees from it since it seems to be disease free. I don’t see any kind of seeds on it, are there any and what do they look like? Best way to plant them?

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#1 posted 10-08-2011 12:44 PM

Here's an article that discusses new varieties of disease resistant elm trees.

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#2 posted 10-08-2011 05:15 PM

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 02:33 AM

Wow .. Great sources of info!! :) What I got …. general “American Elm as forest dweller” rather than city cultivar, but has some curious if not helpful bits ~":

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 02:42 AM

I’d give you the monster from my back yard if I could. I have never seen any one tree produce so many sticks. I am over trying to pick them all up. What a pain!

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 03:11 AM

A Chinese Elm (5 years old) in my front yard is quickly catching up to a pin oak (20 years old).

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 04:02 AM

The Chinese elms in Oklahoma have beetles like crazy and the American elms don’t. I am not sure how they spread besides the roots but they drop something that is not easily seen and they grow everywhere. The American elm is a hardier tree for our climate. The chinese elm does not get as large as the American elm and the leaves are smaller on the Chinese variety. You might be able to tell that I am more fond of the American elm. It is a larger better tree for shade. We need shade here.

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