Ulmus × viminalis 'Aurea'

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Ulmus × viminalis
Ulmus Viminalis aurea leaf.jpg
Hybrid parentage U. minor × U. minor 'Plotii'
Cultivar 'Aurea'
Origin Louvain, Belgium

Ulmus × viminalis Lodd. 'Aurea' is a hybrid cultivar derived from the crossing U. minor × U. minor 'Plotii' raised before 1866 by Rosseel of Louvain.[1]


The tree is distinguished by its suffused golden yellow leaves in early summer, greening as the season progresses.[2][3]

Pests and diseases[edit]

'Aurea' is very susceptible to Dutch elm disease.


Only two specimens are known (2016) to survive in the UK, a stunted tree at Borde Hill, West Sussex.[4] and a small tree (2016) at Grange Farm Arboretum (see Accessions). Three specimens were supplied by the Späth nursery to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 1902 as U. antarctica aurea, and may possibly survive in Edinburgh as it was the practice of the Garden to distribute trees about the city (viz. the Wentworth Elm).[5] The current list of Living Accessions held in the Garden per se does not list the plant. Others are known in Europe and Australasia (see Accessions).



North America

None known.



North America


  1. ^ Green, Peter Shaw (1964). "Registration of cultivar names in Ulmus". Arnoldia. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. 24 (6–8): 41–80. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Hilliers' Manual of Trees & Shrubs. (1977). David & Charles, Newton Abbot, UK.
  3. ^ Bean, W. J. (1980) Trees and shrubs hardy in Great Britain. 8th edition. Murray's, London.
  4. ^ Johnson, O. (ed.). (2011). Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland. p. 171. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. ISBN 978-1842464526
  5. ^ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. (1902). List of accessions  p.45,47. RBG Edinburgh
  6. ^ Spencer, R., Hawker, J. and Lumley, P. (1991). Elms in Australia. Australia: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. ISBN 0-7241-9962-4.