The history of elms
The history of elms in Europe goes back a long way: The holy Elm of Ephesos is famous, and in the Edda elm and ash represent woman and man. But also the wood and even leaves were of high importance throughout the past 3.000 years. It is like a paradox: this tree species struggles for its survival. If you look around in your neighbourhood most of the elms have vanished or are in a deplorable state.
This is true for most of Europe and North-America. Where there had been beautiful majestic elms in a park or alongside avenues hardly any are left.
There is only one strategy – plant highly disease resistant elm varieties.