Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Plant Collection

Tabletop Scotch elm
Ulmus glabra 'Horizontalis'

Catalogue No. 1932-1106*A
Height: 20 feet
Spread: 36 feet
DBH: 2.1 feet

Horticultural variety, native to eastern Europe and Asia Minor. Standing watch near the Swan Pond, the Tabletop Scotch elm is a Pennsylvania state champion tree. This specimen appears on the 1909 Atlas of Compton and was planted by John Morris during the Victorian-era vogue of weeping and contorted trees. The weeping portion of the plant was grafted high onto its understock, allowing one to look up into the cascading canopy. A plant of curiosity and fascination for visitors, it remains a continual reminder of our horticultural heritage.


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