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Sunday, March 18, 2012

A perfect American elm

This classic American elm along Plymouth Rd near Dixboro is growing to become more of a prominent landmark with each passing year. I have no reason to believe it has ever been treated to protect if from Dutch elm disease. One has to wonder how many thousands of elm bark beetles have taken a bite out of it over the years, thereby exposing it to the deadly fungus. There are not many large elms left within the city -- a good percentage of the remaining classic elms died during the last couple of years. Someone so inclined should take cuttings from this specimen, grow them on, then test them for disease resistance. There is a large market for such strains. Heck, consider the disease-resistant 'Princeton' strain: not only has it been widely propagated for use in the US, is was even selected by HRH The Prince of Wales to create the Anniversary Avenue at his residence Highgrove House (thank you wikipedia!).

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