The Q&A Archives: American elm

Question: I have heard that H/D has planted some 12,000 American Elm cuttings from blight resistant trees found in the NE and that the young trees are going to be up for sale soon. I would like to know if: 1) this is true? and 2) the specifics for obtaining several of the trees to plant on my property.

Thanks, Ted

Answer: Home Depot is, indeed, going to sell disease resistant American Elms (Princeton cultivar). Each tree has a special tag ? labeled "Return of the American Elm" ? that tells the story of the disease-resistant tree. "Plant this tree and help restore a lost piece of American history," the tag says.

The American elm tree was decimated in the 20th century by Dutch elm disease. But the tree may be making a comeback in America in the very near future, thanks to Roger Holloway.

The nurseryman from Georgia has been trying to raise disease-resistant elms, specifically the Princeton elm, for the past 10 years. And, as Holloway tells NPR's Robert Siegel, the elms are now available in large quantities to the public: Home Depot is selling 12,000 of his trees.

About 400 garden centers, mostly in the eastern U.S., will be selling these trees. Phone your local Home Depot to see if they will receiving a shipment soon.

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