Ulmus minor 'Virgata'

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Ulmus minor 'Virgata'
Species Ulmus minor
Cultivar 'Virgata'
OriginNangis, Seine et Marne, France

The Field Elm cultivar Ulmus minor 'Virgata' (:'twiggy') was first described, as Ulmus campestris virgata, by Pepin [1] in Revue Horticole (1865) from a stand of some thirty trees beside a monastery at Grand-Puits near Nangis, Seine-et-Marne, said to have been planted by the friars in 1789 and propagated in 1835 by Cochet's nursery at Grisy-Suisnes. [2] [3] Pepin noted that in France 'Virgata' was sometimes confused with another, less vigorous elm cultivated as 'Orme pyramidal' [4] (possibly the Baudriller nursery's 'Pyramidata' Hort. [5] ).


Not to be confused with Ulmus virgataRoxburgh ( Ulmus parvifolia Jacq.) or Ulmus virgataWallich. ex. Planch. ( Ulmus chumlia Melville & Heybroek).


Pepin described the tree as vigorous, with short, slender, erect branches bestowing a fastigiate form. The oval pointed dark green leaves turn pale yellow in autumn and are retained late. Pepin likened the tree to cypress, Lombardy poplar and fastigiate oak. [2]

Pests and diseases

Though susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease, field elms produce suckers and usually survive in this form in their area of origin.


In addition to the original cultivation by Cochet's of Grisy-Suisnes, Pepin himself, who described and admired the tree, planted lines of it from 1858 and recommended it for avenues. He propagated it by base-grafting. [2] No specimens are known to survive.

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The elm cultivar Ulmus 'Betulaefolia Nigrescens', the Black Birch-leaved Elm, reportedly a seedling of a purplish-leaved elm, was first described by Pynaert in 1879 as U. campestris betulaefolia nigrescens. An U. campestris betulaefolia nigrescensHort. was distributed by the Späth nursery, Berlin, in the 1890s and early 1900s.


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  2. 1 2 3 Pepin, Pierre Denis (1865). "Ulmus campestris virgata". Revue Horticole: 347–348.
  3. Green, Peter Shaw (1964). "Registration of cultivar names in Ulmus". Arnoldia. Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University. 24 (6–8): 41–80. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  4. science.mnhn.fr herbarium specimen P06883092
  5. Baudriller Établissementd'Horticulture (1880). Catalogue général descriptif et raisonné des arbres fruitiers, forestiers & d'ornement cultivés dans l'établissement. Angers. p. 116.