American ElmAmerican Elm

American Elm (Ulmus americana)

Tree on lawn in front of Hitchner Hall, Grove Street Extension

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  • Known as the Campana elm, this tree was a research tree for the late Dr. Richard Campana, used for investigating and treating Dutch elm disease. Tree has historical scientific importance; see plaque.
  • This particular tree is old — perhaps even older than the university itself.
  • At one time, American elms were found throughout state, but now in reduced numbers because of ravages of Dutch elm disease throughout the country.
  • Before decimation, species was popular along American streets, a beautiful tree with round-topped crown and graceful branches.