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Old 02-05-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: St. Paul
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I'm barely old enough to remember the 1970s when Dutch elm disease devastated the American elm populations of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as it did in so many cities east of the Rockies. Minneapolis did an admirable job saving many of its elms with an aggressive sanitation program. St. Paul less so, though some can still be found. After a lull, the disease seems to be back in full force the last few years. It seems every other elm still left in my St. Paul neighborhood has the dreaded red ring around it. I remember that USA Today reported last spring that disease resistant American elms are now starting to appear in nurseries at prices comparable to other shade trees. That being the case, I keep hoping the city forestry department of St. Paul or Minneapolis decides to work these new resistant elms into the rotation when it comes to replacing diseased trees. Clearly it would be a mistake to ever put all our eggs in one basket again by using a single species for all boulevard trees, but maybe they could use elms instead of those terrible Ginkgo trees. Ginkgo trees have their place, but they make awful boulevard trees. I know I will never live long enough to see the magnificent cathedral arches created by full grown American elms growing on the boulevard of a residential street, but there's a part of me that hopes just maybe my two year old daughter will get that chance. Has anyone seen these disease resistant elms for sale locally?
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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I'm barely old enough to remember the 1970s when Dutch elm disease devastated the American elm populations of Minneapolis and St. Paul, as it did in so many cities east of the Rockies. Minneapolis did an admirable job saving many of its elms with an aggressive sanitation program. St. Paul less so, though some can still be found. After a lull, the disease seems to be back in full force the last few years. It seems every other elm still left in my St. Paul neighborhood has the dreaded red ring around it. I remember that USA Today reported last spring that disease resistant American elms are now starting to appear in nurseries at prices comparable to other shade trees. That being the case, I keep hoping the city forestry department of St. Paul or Minneapolis decides to work these new resistant elms into the rotation when it comes to replacing diseased trees. Clearly it would be a mistake to ever put all our eggs in one basket again by using a single species for all boulevard trees, but maybe they could use elms instead of those terrible Ginkgo trees. Ginkgo trees have their place, but they make awful boulevard trees. I know I will never live long enough to see the magnificent cathedral arches created by full grown American elms growing on the boulevard of a residential street, but there's a part of me that hopes just maybe my two year old daughter will get that chance. Has anyone seen these disease resistant elms for sale locally?
I could hook you up with baby elms, two to three feet in the spring and summer,
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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The street I grew up on was canopied by Elm trees. It was very lovely. The city had to cut down 5 large trees in front of our house and replaced them with 1" Oak trees that are still scrawny today--many, many years later. It was really sad. We had ash trees on our street in our last house that were quite large after 30 years but there is an ash bore or something in the state that is threatening those now too.
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:09 PM
 
Location: St. Paul
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You are right about emerald ash borer golfgal. It's my understanding that it's currently in Ohio, Indiana, and maybe Illinois and is working its way west. It may be here already. I've heard it's every bit as deadly as Dutch elm is. Maybe someone in one of those states can confirm that.
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: MN
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I know I will never live long enough to see the magnificent cathedral arches created by full grown American elms growing on the boulevard of a residential street, but there's a part of me that hopes just maybe my two year old daughter will get that chance.
Visit Fergus Falls. They still have 10,000+ Elms that canopy many of the residential streets.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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We have the last large elm left on our street in our front yard. They came and took about 5 of them 2-3 years ago; it sure made a difference in comfort on those hot days of summer.

Our huge old (about 60 years old?) elm has European elm scale, but no signs of Dutch Elm disease so far. Unfortunately, it costs an arm and a leg to treat that tree and get it trimmed every couple of years to keep it healthy. It now costs about $1000 to get it trimmed and treated; but so far we are able to do what is needed to keep it going. It would be great to keep these old trees alive until the new trees mature.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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My city is nothing but elm trees until dutch elm took hold also. The city cuts down hundreds every year because of dutch elm. My neighbors had a tree with a large branch that just broke off one day falling on their above ground power line running to their house.
On the plus side, they grow very tall creating the "canopy" down the street and provide lots of shade. Downside is the downpour of elm seeds every spring that sprout tons of little elm seedlings and the dull yellowish-brown color of the leaves in the fall.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:09 AM
 
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moving123456------yes,the trees in Fergus Falls are truly beautiful with their canopy effect.

I have only been to Fergus Falls twice in my life-------many years ago and 2 weeks ago.

The first thing I wanted to show my wife was the trees on the streets. It is quite unique !
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Denver, Co.
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Default Do Dutch Elms still exsist on Victory Memorial Drive?

Or have they died to Dutch Elm disease?
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