Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Ulmus davidiana var japonica x Ulmus pumila
New Horizon elm

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54 deg 34.983N
5 deg 55.945W

The New Horizon elm was raised by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in response to the widespread loss of English elm following the spread of Dutch Elm disease. It is a cross between a clone of the Japanese elm Ulmus davidiana var japonica and a clone of the Siberian elm Ulmus pumila. The hybrid was patented in the USA in 1994 and later protected under EU plant breeders rights. It was distributed by German Nursery Conrad Appeal and in the UK by Hillier Nurseries. In 2004 New Horizon elms were planted in London, Belfast, Cardiff and Hamburg. The Belfast Botanic Gardens tree was one of this initial UK planting. The New Horizon elm is smaller than the English elms - Hilliers claim it will be a "very useful street tree".

New Horizon hybrid elm in Belfast Botanic Gardens

New Horizon elm in Belfast Botanic Gardens

New Horizon elm in Belfast Botanic Gardens New Horizon elm

New Horizon elm leaves

New Horizon elm leaf detail

New Horizon elm leaves New Horizon elm leaf detail

Bark of New Horizon elm

New Horizon elm bark

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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