"A shapely American elm at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA "
Source: http://www.elmpost.org/, accessed 27 August, 2010.
When I was a lad American elms were large shade trees that lined many a street in my home town of Wilmette, Illinois. In fact, most towns of any size in America still have an Elm Street. But during the latter half of the 20th Century the species was almost made extinct by a fungal blight called Dutch Elm Disease, that was carried by a beetle that bored into their bark.
Here in New England our autumns have always been spectacular because our forests are so diverse. It is said that New Hampshire has more different species of deciduous trees than anyplace else on Earth, with the possible exception of some parts of Siberia. Our autumn colors are legendary. But I remember the view to the east from the fourth floor of James Hall at Amherst College in 1961, and I truly miss the Elms. We no longer have the glowing yellow highlights that they lent to the autumn forest's flames.
Today there is hope for a regeneration of the American Elm. Several non-profit organizations have been working to produce clones of the few surviving elm trees, those that had some natural resistance to Dutch Elm Disease.
American Liberty Elm program.
Disney dramatization) as "The Liberty Tree."
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