American Elm

Ulmus Americana
(White Elm, Soft Elm)

For years the elm was perhaps America's most popular tree. Certainly it was the most widely planted tree in yards, parks and along streets. In 1930, a fungus called Dutch Elm disease began killing the elms. The disease became so widespread that entire avenues of elms were wiped out throughout the eastern half of the United States, and nursery men still do not recommend replanting elms. The elm is one of the most handsome of all with its solid trunk forking into many spreading branches. It is a tragedy that there is no way to save this dying tree.