Fulfill your landscape dreams with American Liberty Elms

So you’ve got a dream of a landscaping project going on in your head, and this reverie includes one or more American elms, possibly many of those majestic shade trees that used to grace lawns and line streets.

Your dream landscape is in the planning stages now, but you expect to make it a reality in a year or two. Are elms only a fantasy left over from yesteryear, or are they doable? Pencil them in.

Whether you’re a landscape professional or a homeowner, this is a good time to include elms in your plans. The nonprofit Elm Research Institute (ERI), Keene, N.H., has announced it will grow its disease-resistant American Liberty Elms to requested sizes (8 to 20 feet) for buyers placing advance orders, and at a substantial savings.

Until recently, elms in these sizes were limited in quantity. “Our new growing facilities allow us to grow trees to order, thereby saving on costs,” said John P. Hansel, ERI founder. “Now we can meet the demand for larger elms, which has been increasing.”

It’s a new idea, having your trees “grown to order.” You can map out a landscape, order elms for it, and schedule your planting for a future date while ERI tends your trees. The institute is currently accepting orders for elms to be shipped in the fall of 2004, 2005, and 2006, at a savings of 36 percent off earlier prices.

When an advance order with a 50 percent deposit is received, ERI tags the trees, reserves them in the buyer’s name, and continues growing them to the specified sizes. Elms 8 and 12 feet tall will be ready in 2004, while those up to 18 feet will ship in 2005, trees up to 30 ft. tall will ship in fall 2006 and up to 36 ft. in fall 2007. Prices range from $200 for an 8-foot elm to $575 for an 18-footer, plus shipping.

The new availability of fast-growing American Liberty Elms in large sizes is expected to meet a demand from landscape professionals, residential developers, municipal project planners, college and corporation groundskeepers, and homeowners.

These traditional shade trees, with their classic American elm form, lend themselves to diverse landscape designs, including elm-lined drives, elm groves, and specimen elms spotted throughout an area.

ERI will ship trees directly to job sites, or, if convenient, buyers may pick up their trees from the Keene facility. The trees, grown in containers, will be ready to plant.

The American Liberty Elm is the only street proven, purebred American elm with a lifetime warranty against Dutch elm disease. Members of Elm Research Institute, who are individuals, volunteer groups, cities have planted nearly 300,000 Liberty Elms across the United States. Some of these trees are 20 years old and over 60 ft. tall. The trees are available only from the Institute. These unique elms are not available from commercial nurseries.

For more information and an order form, write Elm Research Institute, 11 Kit St., Keene, NH, 03431, phone 603-358-6198, or visit online at www.libertyelm.com.

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