What Horsechestnuts are to Paris, and Lindens are to Berlin, and Plane trees are to London, Elm trees once were to New England. They were the premier boulevard tree, until that is, they were devastated by Dutch Elm Disease, a disease which effected both American and English elms. Nothing could be done to save the elms that fell victim to the disease but a solution was already at hand.

The Princeton Elm is a cultivar of the American elm, Ulmus americana, that was originally selected in 1920 for superior landscape qualities. But it was discovered that Princeton Elms were surviving Dutch Elm Disease and subsequent testing by the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed that this cultivar has considerable resistance to the disease. In 1932 many examples of these had been planted and most of those trees survive to this day.

This stately American elm bears handsome foliage with excellent structure. It grows quickly to form the traditional vase shape, eventually reaching 70 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It is distinguished by its symmetric, straight, upright branches that form a broad umbrella crown and the pale-green leaves develop good yellow fall color.

'Princeton' was chosen to replace elms killed by disease along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. The tree has also been introduced to the UK and was selected by HRH, The Prince of Wales, to create the Anniversary Avenue at Highgrove.

Princeton Elm is adaptable to most soils in full sun. It grows well throughout North America, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.


Princeton elm

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