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Ulmus 'Viminalis'

Modern name

Ulmus 'Viminalis'


U. viminalis Lodd. ex Bean; U. campestris var. viminalis (Lodd.) Loud.; U. procera var. viminalis (Loud.) Rehd.; U. antarctica Kirchn.

A narrow-headed, rather slender tree with drooping branches; young shoots slightly downy, slender. Leaves oblanceolate or narrowly oval, nearly always tapered at the base, terminated by a long slender point, 1 to 2 in. long, 13 to 34 in. wide, very deeply toothed, the teeth narrow, often blunt, upper surface very rough, lower one downy especially in the vein-axils and on the veins.

The cultivated elm described above is considered by Dr Melville to be an extreme form, and also the type, of a natural hybrid, U. × viminalis, occurring from Essex to Oxfordshire, the parents of which are U. carpinifolia and U. plotii (Stace, op. cit., p. 298).

U. ‘Viminalis Aurea’. – Resembling the above, but leaves yellow (U. campestris var. aurea Morren; U. campestris Rosseelsii Hort.; U. campestris var. viminalis aurea Henry). Raised by Rosseel, Louvain, before 1866.

U. ‘Viminalis Marginata’. – leaf margins variegated with creamy white (u. campestris viminalis marginata kirchn.; u. c. var. viminalis variegata nichols.).

U. ‘Betulifolia’. – This appears to be allied to ‘Viminalis’, and is of uncertain origin, possibly a hybrid in whose origin U. carpinifolia has shared. The leaves are narrowly obovate, up to 212 in. long by 112 in. wide, the margins deeply toothed, the teeth narrow, incurved, often again toothed, very harsh to the touch above, downy in the vein-axils beneath. The habit is elegant on account of the pendulous young branchlets.



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