Ulmus glabra 'Lutescens'

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Ulmus glabra 'Lutescens'
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'Lutescens' (felled c. 2005), Vinkeleskade, Amsterdam.
SpeciesUlmus glabra

The Wych Elm cultivar Ulmus glabra 'Lutescens', commonly known as the Golden Wych Elm, arose as a sport of wych elm in York. The original tree was known as the Gallows Elm because of its proximity to the gallows in that city.[1]


A medium-sized, fast-growing deciduous tree that reaches a height of approximately 15 m with a spread of about 20 m. In its first years, the tree is vase-shaped, but spreads as it matures to form a rounded canopy. The hue of the leaves varies according to light intensity. Ergo: where exposed to full sunlight the leaves are bright yellow, but in shade no more than a lime green. 'Lutescens' is arguably the best of the golden elm cultivars as it keeps its colour as it ages.

Pests and diseases[edit]

The cultivar is not known to be any less susceptible to Dutch elm disease than the species. It is highly susceptible to the elm leaf beetle Xanthogaleruca luteola [4].


'Lutescens' was once commonly planted in the UK. Introduced in the early 1900s, it has been widely planted in south-eastern Australia[2] and New Zealand,[3] where it remains in cultivation as Golden Elm,[4] often being grafted on to Ulmus parvifolia rootstock.[3] In Australasia 'Lutescens' has sometimes been mistakenly sold by nurseries under the name 'Louis van Houtte'.[5] It was marketed in the late 19th century as U. montana lutescens by the Späth nursery of Berlin[6] and by the Ulrich nursery of Warsaw,[7] whence it was introduced to Eastern Europe, where it may still survive. It was introduced to the Dominion Arboretum, Ottawa, Canada, probably from Späth, in 1897, as U. montana lutescens.[8]

Notable trees[edit]

There are two notable TROBI Champion trees in England, at Pickering Park, Anlaby, measuring 16 m high by 79 cm d.b.h. in 2004, and in Dyke Road Place, Brighton, 16 m high by 76 cm d.b.h. in 2006.[9] In Australia notable specimens grow in Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Williamstown, Victoria,[10][11] in Howard Vineyard, Nairne, South Australia,[12][13] and at 'Poacher's Pantry', Hall, Canberra,[14] and there is a mature tree in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart.[15][16] Four trees stand in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand.[17]


  • Ulmus americana aurea: Calmphtout Nursery, Belgium, in error.[18][19]
  • Ulmus campestris lutescens: Dieck, (Zöschen, Germany), Haupt-catalog der Obst- und gehölzbaumschulen des ritterguts Zöschen bei Merseburg 1885, p. 81.
  • Ulmus campestris 'Lutescens': Boom, Nederlandse Dendrologie 1: 157, 1959.






Widely available.



  1. ^ White, J. & More, D. Trees of Britain & Northern Europe, Cassell, London, ISBN 0-304-36192-5.
  2. ^ Lefoe, Gregory K., 'Elms Trees', emelbourne.net.au
  3. ^ a b Wilcox, Mike; Inglis, Chris (2003). "Auckland's elms" (PDF). Auckland Botanical Society Journal. Auckland Botanical Society. 58 (1): 38–45.
  4. ^ Rowell, Raymond J. (1982). Ornamental Flowering Trees in Australia, AH & AW Reed Pty Ltd ISBN 0-589-50178-X
  5. ^ Spencer, R., Hawker, J. and Lumley, P. (1991). Elms in Australia. Australia: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
  6. ^ Katalog (PDF). 108. Berlin, Germany: L. Späth Baumschulenweg. 1902–1903. pp. 132–133.
  7. ^ Ulrich, C. (1894), Katalog Drzew i Krezewow, C. Ulrich, Rok 1893-94, Warszawa
  8. ^ Saunders, William; Macoun, William Tyrrell (1899). Catalogue of the trees and shrubs in the arboretum and botanic gardens at the central experimental farm (2 ed.). pp. 74–75.
  9. ^ Johnson, O. (2011). Champion Trees of Britain & Ireland, p. 169. Kew Publishing, Kew, London. ISBN 9781842464526.
  10. ^ 'Lutescens' in Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Victoria: tripadvisor.com
  11. ^ 'Lutescens' in Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Victoria: weekendnotes.com [1]
  12. ^ https://mcfuzzlebuttsmanchen.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/wrap-up-cellar-door-festival-launch-regional-experience/
  13. ^ https://mcfuzzlebuttsmanchen.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/img_1998-wordpress.jpg
  14. ^ Golden Elm, Poacher's Pantry, Canberra: weekendnotes.com [2] [3]
  15. ^ 'Lutescens' in Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, gomagoti flickr.com
  16. ^ 'Lutescens' in Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, by Roger T Wong, flickr.com
  17. ^ 'Golden Elm', Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand panoramio.com
  18. ^ Elwes, Henry John; Henry, Augustine (1913). The Trees of Great Britain & Ireland. 7. p. 1868.
  19. ^ F. J., Fontaine (1968). "Ulmus". Dendroflora. 5: 37–55. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  20. ^ "List of plants in the {elm} collection". Brighton & Hove City Council. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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