Ulmus × hollandica 'Gaujardii'

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Ulmus × hollandica 'Gaujardii'
Ulmus 'Gaujardii' at 3 years.jpg
'Gaujardii' at 3 years
Hybrid parentage U. glabra × U. minor
Cultivar 'Gaujardii'

The hybrid elm cultivar Ulmus × hollandica 'Gaujardii', one of a number of cultivars arising from the crossing of Wych Elm U. glabra with Field Elm U. minor, was raised by the Gaujard-Rome nursery of Châteauroux, France, in the 1890s as Ulmus Gaujardii and was described in the 1898 Kew Bulletin and Wiener illustrirte Garten-Zeitung. [1] [2] It won first prize in the International Horticultural Exhibition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 1899 and a silver medal in the Heemstede Exhibition, The Netherlands, in 1925. [3] From the early 20th century it was distributed by the Späth nursery of Berlin as Ulmus montana Gaujardi, [4] and in the interwar years by the Boccard nursery of Geneva as Ulmus campestris Gaujardi. [5] It appeared in Unsere Freiland-Laubgehölze in 1913, but without description. [6] [7]



A tree of symmetrical upright growth and of great vigour, with the appearance of an arrow. The foliage was of medium size, oval and light green. [1] [2] Four photographs of 'Gaujardii' appear in Pépinières Gaujard-Rome et Cie (1930), where the nursery distinguished between medium- and large-leaved forms. [3] Herbarium specimens suggest that more than one clone has been labelled 'Gaujardii' (see 'External links').

Pests and diseases

Elms of the U. × hollandica group are susceptible to Dutch elm disease.


'Gaujardii' was produced at a rate of 30,000 trees per annum by 1930, [3] though no specimens are known to survive. There was a specimen at Arnold Arboretum, Massachusetts, in the mid-20th century (see 'External links').

Putative specimen

An old U. × hollandica with leaves (unusually for this group) light green all summer and matching the 'Gaujardii' herbarium specimen in The Hague, [8] stands (2019) by 35 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, near the entrance to Royal Botanic Garden. [9] An early 20th century photograph shows it fastigiate when young. [10] Its leaf-shape, samarae, and light suckering confirm its hybridity.

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<i>Ulmus minor</i> Suberosa Elm cultivar

The Field Elm cultivar Ulmus minor 'Suberosa', commonly known as the Cork-barked elm, is a slow-growing or dwarf form of conspicuously suberose Field Elm. Of disputed status, it is considered a distinct variety by some botanists, among them Henry (1913), Krüssmann (1984), and Bean (1988), and is sometimes cloned and planted as a cultivar. Henry said the tree "appears to be a common variety in the forests of central Europe", Bean noting that it "occurs in dry habitats". By the proposed rule that known or suspected clones of U. minor, once cultivated and named, should be treated as cultivars, the tree would be designated U. minor 'Suberosa'. The Späth nursery of Berlin distributed an U. campestris suberosa alataKirchn. [:'corky-winged'] from the 1890s to the 1930s.

The Wych Elm cultivar Ulmus glabra 'Gigantea' was listed as U. montana var. giganteaHort. by Kirchner (1864). An U. montana gigantea was distributed by the Späth nursery, Berlin, in the 1890s and early 1900s. It did not appear in Späth's 1903 catalogue. A specimen at Kew was judged by Henry to be "not distinct enough to deserve a special name". Both Späth and the Hesse Nursery of Weener, Germany, supplied it in the 1930s.


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  2. 1 2 "Miscellen". Wiener illustrirte Garten-Zeitung. 23: 27. 1898.
  3. 1 2 3 Pépinières Gaujard-Rome et Cie - 1930. Gaujard-Rome, Châteauroux. 1930. pp. 85, 88, 93, 95.
  4. Späth, L., Catalogue 130 (1908-09; Berlin), p.137
  5. Catalogue générale, automne 1936 – printemps 1937, Pépinières Boccard Frères, Geneva, 1936, p.30
  6. von Silva-Tarouca, Ernst Emanuel (1913). Unsere Freiland-Laubgehölze. p. 366.
  7. Green, Peter Shaw (1964). "Registration of cultivar names in Ulmus". Arnoldia. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. 24 (6–8): 41–80. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  8. bioportal.naturalis.nl, specimen WAG.1847162
  9. Google Maps: Inverleith Terrace - Google Maps (May 2018), accessdate: August 13, 2019
  10. edinphoto.org.uk, 35 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh