Ulmus minor 'Purpurascens'

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Ulmus minor
Purpurascens in Lewes.jpg
'Purpurascens' foliage, Lewes, UK, 2007
Cultivar 'Purpurascens'
Origin Europe

The putative Field Elm cultivar Ulmus minor 'Purpurascens' was listed by Lavallée [1] in Arboretum Segrezianum 236, 1877, as U. campestris var. purpurascens, but without description, and later by Schneider in Illustriertes Handbuch der Laubholzkunde, 1:220, 1904. Krüssmann [2] in Handbuch der Laubgehölze 2: 540, 1962, identified it as a cultivar.

Green believed the cultivar 'Myrtifolia Purpurea' a synonym of 'Purpurascens'.[1]


The tree has small leaves approximately 25 mm long, tinged with purple when young, but turning dark-green later, and usually remaining a shrub.[1]


For specimens supplied by the Späth nursery as U. campestris myrtifolia purpurea, see 'Myrtifolia Purpurea'.

Notable trees[edit]

Two trees survive in Brighton; see under 'Accessions'.



  • Brighton & Hove City Council, UK, NCCPG Elm Collection.[2] Brighton & Hove Junior School (1 tree), Cottesmore St. Mary School (1 tree, National Champion) and Davigdor Road (1 tree).


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "List of plants in the {elm} collection". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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