Elm Trees Dying

jdo053103(7b - NC)June 27, 2013

Anyone notice their elm trees dying from Dutch Elm Disease recently. I have a wooded lot mixed with winged and slippery elm that are dying rapidly each year. It starts at the crowns and next thing you know the tree is dead. Lost 6 last year and 3 more this year are showing signs.
I know winged elms are considered a weed down here, seem to pop up everywhere. Pretty tree when left to grow 40 ft tall.
Thinking about clearing them all out and replanting oaks or maples.
Anyone else in the Charlotte area notice this, been down here for 10 years and have never lost an elm until the last 2 years.

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Really?
I never thought I'd live to see the day when I mightn't have to pull up hundreds of sprouting elms in my gardens.
And you're certain of the varieties you describe in your lot?
All I've ever seen are Chinese or Siberian varieties that drive me nuts with their seed production.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 4:10PM
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jdo053103(7b - NC)

Yes, positive of the varieties. I have called the nc forestry dept on Thursday to get some information, they were intrigued and will be stopping by my property on Wednesday. They said what I described to them as being DED. I really hope it is something else, but the symptoms are spot on with DED.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 7:52PM
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jdo053103(7b - NC)

Just an update, tests did come back positive for dutch elm disease.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 1:18PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

So, jdo, what did you decide to do?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 10:25PM
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jdo053103(7b - NC)

I cut down the 2 that came back positive and were in decline. Going to probably keep an eye on it. Have a bunch of winged and slippery elms so don't really want to cut down them all. The trees I have cut i have replaced with oaks and maples.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 11:09AM
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thomis(7)

I only had two elm trees on my property in Durham. They both died two years ago. They were American elm. Definitely DED.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 3:02PM
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