Elms were once very common in the United States, and most larger cities
had at least one "Elm Street" lined with rows of tall, stately
trees. But Dutch elm disease, which entered this country in 1930, has
changed all that. The disease is caused by a fungus which, in turn, is
spread by beetles. Trees hit with the disease gradually wilt, turn yellow,
and die. Dutch elm disease has been spreading across the country and it
reached the west coast in the 1970's.
Here at Reed, we haven't lost any of our campus trees to Dutch elm disease,
even though some have been killed in Eastmoreland. Most of our Elms are
susceptable to Dutch elm disease so we monitor them carefully and get them
sprayed one time each spring to prevent the Elm Leaf Beetle from weakening
the trees which leads to the Elm Bark Beetle infecting the tree with the
disease. Reed has not planted any elms in recent years, so all of our elms
are older trees along Woodstock Boulevard.