Camperdown Elm

Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'

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.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationULL-mus GLAY-bruh
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 20 to 25 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitWeeping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseSpecimen, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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.

Follow 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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