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Ugni molinae

'Chilean Guava'. Previously known as Myrtus ugni, this little Myrtle inhabits woodland and scrub in S. Chile and is quite hardy here, forming an erect evergreen shrub to about 1.5m high, with tiny leathery leaves and very pretty, waxy, soft-pink bells followed by delicious mahogany-red fruit, tasting like sweets. In cold Northern areas needs wall protection.

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Ugni molinae 'Villarica Strawberry'

Introduced by Paul Barney from Pucon, Chile, this slightly smaller leaved, hardier form of the species is a welcome addition to horticulture and gives more of us the chance to grow this fab fruiting plant outside permanently. A small evergreen shrub myrtle with lightly scented white bells in summer, followed by distinctive and delicious dark red fruits in autumn. To 1.5m.

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Ulmus 'Frontier'

A fine modern hybrid elm from the USA with a very good resistance to Dutch Elm Disease (rated 4 out of 5). Forming an upright, pyramidal crown to probably more than 10m tall, with glossy, relatively small foliage that turns, very unusually, to a rich burgundy in autumn. Very hardy and easy in the UK and Europe. A cross between U. minor and U. parvifolia.

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Ulmus 'Homestead' (new)

An American hybrid elm with a very high resistance to Dutch Elm disease, rated 4-5 out of 5, making a very vigorous tree to about 20m with annual shoots, initially at least, up to 2m long. A well branched tree, forming an open rounded crown at maturity. Good yellow autumn colour.

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Ulmus 'Regal'

Very resistant to Dutch Elm Disease (rated 4 out of 5), this American raised hybrid elm makes a strong growing upright tree, of columnar form when young, less so in maturity. The canopy is not dense, as in many other elms, creating a light canopy and dappled shade. Foliage is narrowly elliptical, 5 to 10cm long.

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Ulmus changii (new)

Very new to cultivation in the West, the Hangzhou Elm is a very hardy species native over a wide area of China. Like many Elms from the Far East this could have very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease. Grows to a maximum of about 20m, with fairly large smooth foliage.

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Ulmus davidiana var. davidiana Clone 1

A very hardy Eastern Asian elm resembling the American elm, U. americana, in all but ultimate size, reaching only 15m at maturity and forming a dense canopy. Leaves emerge dark-red, turning green and rough hairy. This has a good resistance to Dutch Elm Disease and even young specimens have been seen to vigorously recover from infection in the UK.

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Ulmus davidiana var. davidiana Clone 2 (new)

A very hardy Eastern Asian elm resembling the American elm, U. americana, in all but ultimate size, reaching only 15m at maturity and forming a dense canopy. Leaves emerge dark-red, turning green and rough hairy. This has a good resistance to Dutch Elm Disease.

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Ulmus davidiana var. japonica

An Asian elm forming a graceful, usually tall crown and closely related to the European Field Elm, U. minor. Foliage is rough hairy and the twigs are downy. Has a variable resistance to Dutch Elm Disease, with some forms being completely resistant. Grown at the Hillier gardens, Hants, since 1977.

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Ulmus davidiana var. japonica 'Prospector' (new)

100% resistant to Dutch Elm disease, this Asian elm is closely related to the European Field Elm, U. minor. forming a graceful crown with semi-pendant lower branches, up to 14m high. The rough hairy foliage emerges orange-red tinted and turns to a good yellow in autumn.

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Ulmus harbinensis (new)

A new introduction to cultivation in the UK, this very rare elm is known from a small area in NE China, where it makes a medium sized sturdy robust tree to about 15m tall. Leaves are small and hairy. Like many Elms from the Far East this could have very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease.

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Ulmus laevis

One of the most disease resistant elms, due to its bark being highly distasteful to Elm bark beetles, and virtually never infected in Western Europe. It makes fine specimens in France and the UK and enjoys a moist or even wet soil, tolerating seasonal complete inundation with ease. Normal soils are fine too. A large vigorous tree, very rarely seen in the UK.

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Ulmus parvifolia

An elegant, medium-sized, graceful looking Elm with a rounded head of branches. The small, rich-green, glossy foliage is held fresh until the New Year. Suitable for virtually any soil or site, this species is very resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, though is rarely seen or offered for sale.

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Ulmus parvifolia 'Yatsubusa' (new)

Meaning 'dwarf', this is a diminutive form of this hardy and highly disease resistant Japanese elm, which has a naturally distinctive growth form and is used in Bonsai for this reason. Grown freely in the garden it makes an 'elfin' little tree or large shrub with very small leaves and corky shoots. Easy and tolerant.

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Ulmus prunifolia (new)

Extremely rare in cultivation and new to commerce, the Cheery-leaved Elm is endemic to Hubei, China and forms a large tree up to 30m tall there with dark-grey particularly smooth bark. Like many Elms from the Far East this could have very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease.

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Ulmus szechuanica

A Chinese species, very rarely seen in cultivation, this forms a smallish tree with a spreading, umbrella-like crown, usually under 10m tall though can be taller. Found to show resistence to Dutch Elm Disease in American trials. Leaves obovate with a drawn out tip emerge dark red, becoming green.

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Ulmus uyematsui

New to cultivation in the West, this elm from the mountain forests of Taiwan is extremely hardy and will probably make a medium sized tree here to perhaps 20m. Many Asian elms show remarkable resistance to Dutch Elm Disease so this could prove long lasting here. The elliptic to oblong-elliptic leaves emerge flushed red in spring and the grey bark is fissured.

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Ulmus villosa ex Kashmir

From seed collected in Kupwara, Kashmir, this beautiful and distinctive elm is now offered for wider planting in cultivation. Very rarely seen this has a low susceptibility to Dutch Elm disease and a fine specimen grows at Kew for eg. It makes a large tree with semi-pendent branching and slightly grey green leaves that emerge with a red tint. The bark is almost cherry-like.

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Ulmus x androsowii (new)

A very distinctive rarity, known as the Uzbekistan Elm, where it is used as a street tree. This forms a very characterful dense, spherical, cloud-like crown with compact branches and smallish leaves. Extremely hardy, this could well prove to have good disease resistance as one parent is U. pumila. Grows up to about 20m in Central Asia, though often smaller.

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Ulmus x mesocarpa (new)

A new introduction to the UK, this hybrid elm originates from Korea, where it makes a small very hardy tree less than 5m high. The small leaves have long drawn out tips and asymmetric bases. Like many Elms from the Far East this could have very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease.

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