2015 Great American Tree Competition

The Carrboro American Elm

Submitted by the Town of Carrboro, NC

Town: Carrboro, NC
Species: Ulmus Americana
Size: 50” DBH
Spread: 114’
Height: 40’
GPS Coordinates: 35°51’42”N, 79°4’39”W

Sitting in front of Town Hall, Carrboro’s American Elm is a treasured member of the community and has become a monument associated with the Downtown. As the story goes, it was planted by a student when the site was home to the Town’s elementary school. It has since grown wide and strong, covering the majority of the lawn along Main Street and reaching to Town Hall itself, making a lasting impression on those who visit Carrboro.

The Elm holds a special place in the heart of the community and was registered with the Elm Research Institute in 1985 as a Historic Elm “to be honored and preserved for future generations.” It was honored again in 2010 by a poem read during the 4th of July festivities. A framed copy of the poem hangs on the wall inside Town Hall looking out the front window. Generations of visitors have participated in Holiday celebrations beneath the elm’s expansive canopy.

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That Tree was the winner of the 2015 Great American Tree Competition.