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The American Elm used to be everywhere in the US. It was wide, fast-growing, tall enough to leave lines untouched. The elm was the symbol of endurance until it was nearly wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease. Introduced accidentally in the 1930s, the disease spread through beetles and over fifty years killed all of America’s elms — 100 million trees. A Dutch elm disease-resistant tree was introduced since the 1990s. Perhaps one day, American streets will be lined with elms again.

The American Elm used to be everywhere in the US. It was wide, fast-growing, tall enough to leave lines untouched. The elm was the symbol of endurance until it was nearly wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease. Introduced accidentally in the 1930s, the disease spread through beetles and over fifty years killed all of America’s elms — 100 million trees. A Dutch elm disease-resistant tree was introduced since the 1990s. Perhaps one day, American streets will be lined with elms again.

(Source: ehow.com)

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