Ulmus minor 'Microphylla Pendula'

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Ulmus minor 'Microphylla Pendula'
SpeciesUlmus minor
Cultivar'Microphylla Pendula'

The Field Elm cultivar Ulmus minor 'Microphylla Pendula', the Weeping small-leaved elm,[1] was first listed by the Travemünde nursery, Lübeck, and described by Kirchner[2] in Petzold[3] & Kirchner's Arboretum Muscaviense (1864), as Ulmus microphylla pendula Hort..[4][5] By the 1870s it was being marketed in nurseries in Europe and America as Ulmus campestris var. microphylla pendula.[1]

Not to be confused with Schneider's suberose cultivar 'Propendens'. Kew's U. campestris var. microphylla pendula (1896 Hand List) was equated with 'Propendens' by Henry (1913), who called it "a form of Ulmus nitens var. suberosa",[6] and by Rehder (1949),[7] and was classed by Melville as a nothomorph of 'Sarniensis'.[8][9]


Kirchner described 'Microphylla Pendula' as an elm of graceful habit with nettle-like foliage similar to but distinct from U. antarctica, the leaves being smaller and a lighter green, with pale smooth twigs and long pendulous branchlets.

Pests and diseases[edit]

Most field elm clones are susceptible to Dutch elm disease.


One specimen survives at the RBG Wakehurst Place, England, where it is cultivated as a hedging plant to keep it free from the attentions of the Scolytus beetles which act as vectors of Dutch elm disease.

In the US, an Ulmus microphylla pendula, 'Weeping Small-leaved Elm', was marketed by the Mount Hope Nursery (also known as Ellwanger and Barry) of Rochester, New York,[1] and by Frederick W. Kelsey of New York,[10] while an U. campestris microphylla pendula was supplied by the Bobbink and Atkins nursery, Rutherford, New Jersey, and the Perry Nursery Co. of Rochester, N.Y.[11][12] Two of these nurseries also stocked 'Propendens'.[1][12]





None known.


  1. ^ a b c d Ellwanger & Barry, Descriptive Catalogue of Hardy Ornamental Trees ... at the Mount Hope Nurseries (Rochester, N.Y., 1875)
  2. ^ kiki.huh.harvard.edu[1]
  3. ^ kiki.huh.harvard.edu [2]
  4. ^ Petzold; Kirchner (1864). Arboretum Muscaviense. p. 561.
  5. ^ Green, Peter Shaw (1964). "Registration of cultivar names in Ulmus". Arnoldia. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. 24 (6–8): 41–80. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ Elwes, Henry John; Henry, Augustine (1913). The Trees of Great Britain & Ireland. 7. p. 1888.
  7. ^ Rehder, Alfred. "Ulmaceae". Bibliography of cultivated trees and shrubs hardy in the cooler temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Jamaica Plain,Massachusetts: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. pp. 135–143. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  8. ^ Melville, R. (1978). On the discrimination of species in hybrid swarms with special reference to Ulmus and the nomenclature of U. minor (Mill.) and U. carpinifolia (Gled.). Taxon 27: 345-351.
  9. ^ bioportal.naturalis.nl, specimenL.1582570
  10. ^ General catalogue, 1904 : choice hardy trees, shrubs, evergreens, roses, herbaceous plants, fruits, etc. New York: Frederick W. Kelsey. 1904. p. 18.
  11. ^ Illustrated and descriptive catalogue of fruit and ornamental trees, Perry Nursery Co., Rochester, N.Y., 1912, p.90
  12. ^ a b Bobbink and Atkins, Rutherford. N.J. 1909. p. 54.

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