Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'Item #7332 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
Excellent deciduous shade tree for small yard. Slender branches form attractive umbrella-like crown, reaching to the ground for a terrific winter silhouette. Beautiful bold foliage.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ULL-mus GLAY-braPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:WeepingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast grower to 20 to 25 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousFlower color:RedDesign IdeasThis small tree makes a striking statement in the landscape with its branches weeping to the ground. Plant it alone as a specimen or combine it with shrubs with contrasting form.Companion PlantsThe upright form and spring flowers of Mount Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Mount Fuji') works well with this elm. For winter greenery, plant Emerald Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis'Emerald'). The spreading form and bright fall color of Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) makes a striking contrast.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:In the mid 1800s, a unique sport of an elm in Scotland was noticed in the forest of Camperdown House in Dundee. Unlike the other branches it grew downward to the ground then traveled horizontally. This pendulous growth was noticed by the Earl of Camperdown's gardener, who grafted it onto Ulmus glabra. From this was developed nursery stock and today all Camperdowns are grafted with scion wood from this origional cutting.Lore:The Camperdown elm's unique appearance filled a need for unique cold hardy plants in the Victorian garden, particularly those with weeping character, explaining its widespread popularity so early on.