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21 American Elm

(Ulmus americana)

This tree lined most American city streets by 1900. The arrival of Dutch elm disease in the 1960s was devastating, and this tree largely disappeared from urban American landscapes. On Central Campus, tree number 38 is the largest elm on campus; on West Campus look for tree number 21, which is a nice example of the elm cultivar ‘American Liberty,’ a Dutch Elm Disease-resistant variety tolerant of de-icing salts and air pollution.