Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

Connecting people, plants, and place.

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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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Alerts & Updates

The lower portion of the Rose Garden is closed due to renovations to the turf. The top gate is open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. We hope to reopen quickly.

Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.