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Born in the International Elm Conference held at the Morton Arboretum in October 1998, this collection of papers examines one of the most popular trees in the temperate world. In five sections, the essays in this book concentrate largely on the problems of elms, in terms of diseases and pests and their resolution biologically and chemically, and the future of elms in terms of their current and future genetic potential. Overall, this book will provide an enlightened view on elms, long in the shadow of the Dutch elm disease. As Robert Sommer and Joshua Summit point out, education about urban trees, and specifically elms, will go a long way in resolving problems as they appear. New cultivars present a rosy future for elms, even though Keith Warren clearly points out that "no tree is trouble free, and elms are no exception." Aimed at arborists and horticulturists, this book will also interest general readers looking for information on urban trees and their future.
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden