Ulmus americana 'Beebe's Weeping'

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Ulmus americana
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U. americana 'Beebe's Weeping', Illinois
Cultivar 'Beebe's Weeping'
Origin Galena, Illinois, USA

The American Elm cultivar Ulmus americana 'Beebe's Weeping' was propagated from a tree growing in the wild at Galena, Illinois, by Mr. E. Beebe circa 1889.[1]


'Beebe's Weeping' has thick cord-like branches which curve over as they grow, similar to a Weeping Willow, creating a dome of foliage. A very fast growing cultivar, trees grown at Germantown, Philadelphia were reputed to gain 6 m (20 ft) per annum.[2]

Pests and diseases[edit]

No specific information available, but the species as a whole is highly susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease and Elm Yellows; it is also moderately preferred for feeding and reproduction by the adult Elm Leaf Beetle Xanthogaleruca luteola [3] [1], and highly preferred for feeding by the Japanese Beetle Popillia japonica [4] [2] [3] in the United States. U. americana is also the most susceptible of all the elms to verticillium wilt.[5]


A few specimens are known to survive in the United States, mostly in Illinois where the cultivar originated.

Notable trees[edit]

A curious 'table top' elm growing in the center of Provo, Utah, planted in 1927, may be an example of the cultivar [4]. A single specimen listed in the NCCPG collection at Brighton, England, is now considered to be 'Pendula'.


Named for Mr. E. Beebe, discoverer of the tree.


North America[edit]


  • Ulmus fulva pendula: Meehan, Garden & Forest 2: 286, 1889.


  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. ^ Meehan, (1889), in Garden & Forest, 2: 286, 1889.
  3. ^ Miller, F. and Ware, G. (2001). Resistance of Temperate Chinese Elms (Ulmuss spp.) to Feeding of the Adult Elm Leaf Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 94 (1): 162–166. 2001. Entom. Soc.of America.
  4. ^ Miller, F., Ware, G. and Jackson, J. (2001). Preference of Temperate Chinese Elms (Ulmus spp.) for the Feeding of the Japanese Beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 94 (2). 445–448. 2001. Entom. Soc.of America.
  5. ^ Pegg, G. F. & Brady, B. L. (2002). Verticillium Wilts. CABI Publishing. ISBN 0-85199-529-2