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Other Noteworthy Elms


William Penn is said to have entered into a treaty of peace with Native Americans under a picturesque elm tree immortalized in a painting by Benjamin West. West made the tree, already a local landmark, famous by incorporating it into his painting after hearing legends (of unknown veracity) about the tree being the location of the treaty.

New Haven, Connecticut had the first public tree planting program in America, producing a canopy of mature trees that gave New Haven the nickname "The Elm City." This later gave rise to the Yale song,  Neath the Elms.

George Washington is said to have assumed command of the Continental Army standing under an elm tree. It was also believed that his favorite resting place in the new nation's capitol, Washington, D.C., was beneath an elm tree from which he could view construction of the Capitol Building. That elm stood overlooking the Senate wing until the late 1940s.

The Liberty Tree on Boston Common, an elm, was a rallying point for the growing resistance to the rule of England over the American colonies.

The "MooCoo Tree," at the University of Georgia, which stands in front of Theta Chi Fraternity, is one of the only Dutch Elm trees east of the Mississippi.

"Elmo," at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was a large elm that "once defined the Thayer Street entrance to Brown's new Watson Institute for International Studies." 



Last Modified 1/12/2016