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Large American elm that won't go Dutch, why?

16 years ago

Every Elm on our property has died from Dutch Elm Disease. There must be 6 or 7 that have succumbed over the years and the 2 remaining (30' tall or so) in the back have it and I will be cutting them down soon and burning them. There is only one left but shows no sign of the disease at all. It is the tallest tree on our property, probably close to 90' tall. It has a very strange form, very untypical of a large elm (The long drooping branches, damn I love them. I still see the old giants here and there). It is a single trunk and its shape about 65' up bends sharply to the southeast almost at a 45 degree angle. It does have drooping branches but they are way up starting about 1/2 way up to the top . It's as if it grew in a mature forest and stretched for the light. We live on a former orchard. The branches are way at the top and I can barely see the leaves to identify what type it is. I was able to get a leaf from a tiny "limb" (6 inches)that was growing out of the trunk about a year ago and I am reasonably certain it is an American Elm, or Rock Elm. I don't think it is an Asian variety. Being that a 30' specimen died of DED about 20' away a few years ago (and the others were only a few hundred feet way) how could this tree not get it? (I'm keeping my fingers crossed) Does anyone know why? And could taking cuttings from it aid in the fight to create resistant varieties?

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