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ULMUS glabra 'Camperdownii'

Image of Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Ulmaceae

Botanical Name

ULMUS glabra 'Camperdownii'

Plant Common Name

Camperdown Elm, European Mountain Elm, Scotch Elm

General Description

A dwarf weeping selection of a stately Eurasian tree, 'Camperdownii' forms a domed lampshade-like crown of zigzagging branches. The toothed, oval, medium to dark green leaves have rough upper and downy lower surfaces. In early spring inconspicuous reddish flowers cover the leafless branches, followed by clouds of fuzzy winged green fruits that ripen to tan. In autumn the leaves turn shades of yellow before falling to reveal the contorted branches and grayish-brown bark of this architectural tree.

Grow Scotch elm in fertile, well-drained, acidic to mildly alkaline soil. Moist loams are ideal. Use it as specimen tree for a mixed border or lawn in regions where elm leaf beetles and Dutch elm disease are not threats. Once a ubiquitous landscape tree, it is now infrequently planted because of its susceptibility to Dutch elm disease.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Width

    20'-35' / 6.1m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Europe, Russia/Siberia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Weeping

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Red, Green

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No