Two months have passed since I featured the Camperdown elms of Old St Pancras churchyard. In the last post, I’d belatedly tuned in to the fact that a Wych elm was in fact growing just opposite the Umbrella elms, ‘Clotho’ and ‘Lachesis’, that I’d been studying. Recently I took an even closer look at it and believe that this was once a Camperdown elm.
To understand this phenomenon a quick recap is necessary. Camperdown elms are small, twisted limb, umbrella-shaped, cultivars originating from a mutant elm branch, grafted onto either Wych or English elm rootstock. First cultivated by the Earl of Camperdown’s head forester in the mid 1800s, the original mutant cutting has been the stock for every cultivar since. Read More…»