Where Are All the Camperdown Elms?

What’s the best tree for your bungalow garden? Based on name alone, the Camperdown Elm has to be in the running for Most Romantic Tree. Feels good just saying it. The weeping branches conjure up visions of a child’s secret garden; safe in its embrace, peering through the leaves, a sanctuary from life’s harsh words and sharp edges.

But digging a little deeper, the story of the Camperdown elm takes a decidedly un- romantic turn. Around 1840, a gardener for the Earl of Camperdown was walking through the woods in Dundee, Scotland. There he came upon a gnarled sprig growing along the forest floor. In this age of Victorian curiosities the gardener spied an opportunity.

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