Organic Produce in West Cork

English Elm

One of the largest and fastest-growing deciduous trees in Europe. Used to be extremely common before the dutch elm disease decimated populations across Europe. The tree often exceeded 40 m in height with a trunk < 2 m d.b.h.[22] The tree does not produce fertile seed as it is female-sterile, and natural regeneration is entirely by root suckers. English Elm was the first elm to be genetically engineered to resist disease, at the University of Abertay Dundee.[25] It was an ideal subject for such an experiment, as its sterility meant there was no danger of its introgression into the countryside.