American Liberty Elms

Liberty Tree Society
11 Kit St.
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603)358-6198, FAX: (603)358-6305
Email: libertytreesociety@gmail.com

 
 

        Rebirth of the American elm "Herbie"

"Herbie", Yarmouth, Maine's famous elm tree, made international headlines, when as the oldest and largest elm in New England he was cut down.  Planted in the 1790s, at  110 ft. in height, "Herbie" towered over the town of Yarmouth.  He measured over 20 ft. in circumference. They once said it took 5 people to hug "Herbie."

Named by children who walked beneath his boughs on the way to school, "Herbie" could be seen rising above the tree line from miles away. For centuries he survived hurricanes and repeated infections of Dutch elm disease, the deadly fungus which wiped out America's favorite shade tree 50 years ago.  Finally weakened with storm damage and age, the 200+ year old "Herbie" became a liability and in 2010 was taken down.

Beginning 10 years before "Herbie's" death, Elm Research Institute (ERI), Keene, NH, with the help of Frank Knight, Yarmouth's tree warden, collected cuttings from Herbie in an effort to preserve this centuries old legacy. "Like many cancer patients, he was a "survivor." We wanted to make every effort to reproduce 'Herbie' hoping his clones would prove equally resistant to Dutch elm disease." said John Hansel, founder of the Elm Research Institute.

Therefore, beginning immediately, the Liberty Tree Society (LTS) sponsored by ERI a non-profit organization, will begin distribution of "Herbie" clones to the public on a Grow-to-Order basis.  Each "Herbie" will come with a brass "Herbie" tag and a ten year warranty certificate against Dutch elm disease.  In addition, for those wishing to celebrate the rebirth of this American icon, LTS offers a 10" x 6" cast bronze plaque, mounted on granite,  certifying that it is a clone of the original "Herbie", plus a 3 line personal message of commemoration written by the purchaser.

Because they are too rare for general distribution, orders will be on a Grow-to-Order basis and will be shipped when the tree reaches 6 - 8 ft. tall in approximately three years...an order placed today will be shipped in the Fall of 2022. Call (800)367-3567 to order.

 

 

 

Liberty Tree Society
11 Kit St.
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603)358-6198, FAX: (603)358-6305
Email: libertytreesociety@gmail.com

 
 
 
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