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Iconic Elm trees removed

By Jackson Long | Mar 12, 2020
Photo by: Jackson Long The two iconic trees are shown on March 12.

Rockport — Two iconic Camperdown elm trees that contracted Dutch Elm Disease in Rockport, were cut down on March 18. Doc and Haunani Wallace are the owners of the property where the trees were located.

The trees have been part of the community for about 100 years. They were some of the biggest Camperdown elms in Rockport.

Wallace said, they had done everything they could to save the trees. Unfortunately the trees were just past the point of saving.

Dutch Elm Disease is caused by a fungal pathogen known as Ophiostoma novo-ulmi. The fungus is spread through diseased roots that have grafted to other healthy tree’s roots and by elm bark beetles. The disease starts by wilting the leaves of the tree, turning them into a yellowish color before they fall off. The tree will then begin to die.

The Wallaces, along with community members, are sad to see the trees go. In the tourist season, many people walked onto the property to take a picture with the trees and often knocked on their door to ask them questions about the trees.

The Wallaces will be replacing the trees with Weeping Mulberry Trees. They will also be using the wood from the two elm trees to make a dining room table. A couple of chutes from the elm trees have been saved that are not infected with the disease. The Wallaces will plant these in hopes of regrowing the trees.

The two Elm trees in bloom. (Photo by: Haunani Wallace)
The unique growth pattern of the Camperdown Elm. (Photo by: Jackson Long)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Mar 12, 2020 16:49

Love Camperdown Elms since I discovered them on Smith's campus. However, having seen yours deteriorate on my may to and fro the YMCA, I can understand their demise. Thank you for sharing them with all passersby over the years.

Posted by: Susan Vanorse | Mar 12, 2020 15:37

Sad to see these go, I have enjoyed seeing them for many years but thought something serious was going on last year with the leaves. I have a large weeping mulberry, it took several years to fruit, I wish it never did, makes a royal mess, and attracts flies, the chipmunks and birds love it, might want to rethink that one.

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