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Camperdown Elm, Umbrella Elm, Weeping Elm 'Camperdownii'

Ulmus glabra

Family: Ulmaceae (ulm-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ulmus (ULM-us) (Info)
Species: glabra (GLAY-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Camperdownii
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Foliage Color:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Grown for foliage


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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

Wheaton, Illinois

Conrad, Iowa

Orono, Maine

Wells, Maine

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Martville, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Eugene, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Richmond, Virginia

Gig Harbor, Washington

Spokane, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 18, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A weeping cultivar of U. x vegeta (U. carpinifolia x U. glabra), according to Hortus III.

This is most often grafted on a 6-7' understock, usually U. americana in the US and U. carpinifolia in Europe, according to Dirr.

Dirr also says that most plants in the US labeled 'Camperdownii' are actually a different cultivar, 'Horizontalis'.
'Horizontalis' has large crops of fruit, 'Camperdownii' does not.

You can read the Marianne Moore poem here:


On Jan 25, 2007, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

A Camperdown elm was brought from Scotland and planted in Prospect Park in Brooklyn in 1872. It is this tree which was immortalized by poet Marianne Moore. This specimen has been completely undamaged by Dutch elm disease.


On Aug 18, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

It was in 1640 that the "Earl of Camperdown", in Dundee Scotland, noticed a branch growing on the floor of his elm forest. He grafted it to a scotch elm tree and it took hold producing the first Camperdown Elm. The scotch elm is the only root mass that the Camperdown will grow on. The tree is a mutant and cannot self reproduce. Every Camperdown Elm tree in the world is a part of the original that must be grafted to a scotch elm tree to get started. When the graft starts to grow, the scotch elm branches are cut off leaving only the Camperdown Elm. This magnificent tree depends on humankind to keep it alive as a species.