Posted by jathton
(Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Mar 14, 2022 7:58 PM concerning plant:
David Taylor [the head forester at Camperdown House in Dundee, Scotland] discovered the first 'Camperdown' Elm growing in the estates forest in 1835-1840. The young tree was transplanted within the gardens of the estate... where it grows to this day.
Ulmus glabra, the Scotch Elm, is the parent of the 'Camperdown' Elm. Since both trees are susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease and Elm Leaf Beetle they are seldom, if ever, recommended for use in the landscape. But it should be noted that no less a tree authority than Michael Dirr observed that, "...based on the number of extant species" the 'Camperdown' Elm is probably more resistant than it's parent. It has also been established that the American vectors [carriers] of Dutch Elm Disease do not feed on Wych Elms... which helps this tree avoid infection.
Camperdown Elms can be found on university campuses such as the University of Idaho, the Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle and the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, MA. I know of three specimens growing in Oklahoma City... and none of these have been infected.
Type Camperdown Elm into Google, choose the Wikipedia entry for this tree, scroll down and you'll find a section titled "Notable Trees"... which, coupled with photos, gives you a good idea of how majestic this tree can be.