The St. Croix Elm
With the recent news of the Emerald Ash Borer being discovered in Dakota County, this might be a good time to bring back the American Elm tree. New varieties have been introduced that are resistant to Dutch Elm disease (DED). Some of the new Elms that are DED tolerant and commercially available are the New Harmony Elm and the Valley Forge Elm.
I know when our customers come into Pahl’s Market and I suggest an Elm tree, customers are not interested. The customers want the same thing, a Maple tree that turns red in the fall. While Maples are a beautiful tree, I think we need to see what else is available. With the history of losing first the Elm trees and now the Ash trees, I think we should use more diversity in selecting our trees.
Bailey nurseries, located right here in Minnesota, has introduced the St. Croix Elm to its First Addition line of plants. The tree was discovered by Mark Stennes of S & S Tree and Landscaping (view the video from KARE 11 here). He was able to find a disease tolerant Elm and replicated this tree and other such Dutch Elm disease tolerant trees.
We are proud to have two of Baileys test trees for sale here at Pahl’s Market. More are ordered and to come in the very near future. These impressive and majestic shade tree stands are fast growing and worthy of more than a second look. I hope people are ready for the return of the American Elm, the grandest of all American trees.