Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' - The Weeping Elm

Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'The wonderful weeping elm, Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' is an absolutely delightful trees, small growing, wonderful foliage and sweeping habit that creates a dense skirt right tooth ground.

Often grown as a grafted specimen its rounded 'dome' of foliage is dense and a luxurious deep green. The leaves are large and rounded with new growth being a lime green, quickly turning a deeper color. In autumn foliage turns a nice yellow, however it really is the wonderful weeping habit that is the main attraction.

Landscaping uses include as a feature tree in a lawn, parks and gardens, we have seen it used as a street tree where a 'tunnel' through one side is trimmed every year, a wonderful effect.

Weeping Elm Care

A humus rich moist soil is best, drainage needs to be good as Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii' does not like wet feet.

Apart from a little initial pruning, usually carried out i the nursery, in general, little to no pruning is required, however we have seen these trees with the 'skirt lifted' 1m or so off the ground, individual choice here.

So in general, grafted to a height of 5m, with a spread of 4m, however taller specimens are available.

Although this is one elm that does not seem to be affected by elm leaf beetle this is probably because of its height rather than any natural resistance, so we suggest getting the tree 'inoculated' just in case.

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John Allman 

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