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The Dutch Elm tree is actually a native hybrid species. It is vigorous and tall, with a strong suckering habit and bristly shoots on the main trunk.
Dutch Elm trees can reach a height of about 30 metres.
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How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
General description of Dutch Elm trees:
Its trunk is tall, thick, upright and divides into erect branches high up in the canopy. It sprouts branches from old wood, giving it a characteristic bristly appearance and it is likely to sucker a lot, providing some food and shelter for livestock and wildlife.
Important Note on Ulmus hollandica: Though it may be interesting to point out that Dutch Elm has no special relation to the disease of the same name, it must be made clear that this tree is fully susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease, which is spread by Elm bark beetles. If you are not involved in a conservation project, we strongly recommend that you find out about the risk of Dutch Elm Disease in your area (old Elms near your property are a good sign). However, there is one sure way to prevent your tree falling ill - cut it down to a half metre high stump every ten to fifteen years. This is a type of coppicing and your tree will regrow from the stump without ever becoming big enough to support the beetles that spread the disease. This won't result in the sort of towering, grand Elm that used to be so widespread in Britain but it will be a lifeline to some of our most endangered butterflies.
History & uses of Ulmus hollandica Major:
Although we refer to Ulmus x hollandica Major as Dutch Elm, it is not any more Dutch than its relatives, which used to be common in both Britain and Europe. A hybrid Elm with several forms, Ulmus hollandica varieties used be common over much of Europe and Britain. They occur naturally wherever English Elms and Wych Elms (Ulmus minor and Ulmus glabra respectively) have a chance to interbreed. Ulmus x hollandica Major is the biggest cultivar and became the most popular for planting in England.
Several moth and butterfly species use its leaves to feed their caterpillars and at least one, the Large Tortoiseshell butterfly, has disappeared from the wild since the Elm population crashed in the late 1960's.
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