Elms back due to public demand

Knoll Garden owner Neil Lucas has shipped a new consignment of Princeton elms to the UK after 1,500 young elms he flew in two months ago met "terrific demand" as customers seek to replace elms lost to disease in the 1970s.

The larger shipped trees will "provide an instant impact when planted", said Lucas, adding that the Ulmus americana 'Princeton' is "incredibly tolerant of Dutch elm disease, and although it has a larger leaf than our classic tree, it has an equally beautiful shape, making it ideal for planting either as a specimen tree or in avenues".

"From landscaped parks to individual gardens, the nation really seems to have taken this cause to its heart and I have been overwhelmed by the huge level of interest and support we are receiving."

Bareroot maiden trees (180cm) are £76 inc VAT but not delivery.

"Whilst the English elm that featured in so many of John Constable's classic paintings is no longer a part of the national landscape, I hope that this Princeton Elm will, in time, be planted in sufficient numbers to restore the elm throughout the British Isles."

Bareroot maiden trees (180cm) are £76 including VAT but not delivery. Standard trees (330cm, 3.75cm girth) are £112. The sold-out whips will be back in stock in January 2009 at around £35.

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