The Old Rectory, Kells road, Ardee, Co. Louth
Visited and photographed on: 05-Oct-09
Height: 22 m Girth: 3 m
A line of four white elm; finding a mature elm today in Ireland is a rarity, is not easy and to find this more unusual species is particularly exciting. A healthy elm is something rare, to be valued as part of our genetic resources. Most trees were wiped out by a world pandemic of Dutch elm disease, which killed trees from the 1920s onwards. The killer is a fungus, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, which is carried by flying beetles (Scolytus spp.) that like to eat elm leaves. Teagasc collected seed from these trees in 2006 and have produced 15000 saplings from them!