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Pattee Mall American Elms

Ulmus americana

 

Penn State Heritage Trees and Groves

 
Pattee Mall American Elms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2019
1. Pattee Mall American Elms Marker
Inscription.  The oldest elms in this grove were planted in the 1890s to replace the original elms and maples that lined this section of North Allen Street before it was converted to a pedestrian mall, now known as Pattee Mall. With their towering canopies and sweeping branches, these elms are considered a campus landmark.

The genus name, Ulmus, is Latin for "elm." The species name americana, was assigned by Linnaeus to distinguish this elm from those familiar to Europeans in the 18th century. Native to North America, the American elm was once one of the most commonly planted urban trees in the eastern part of the country. Fast-growing and hardy with a vaselike crown, it was prized for its use as a street tree. Devastation hit when a shipment of elm logs with Dutch elm disease was imported from Europe sometime prior to 1930. The disease—a fungus carried by a burrowing bark beetle—wiped out millions of elms, devastating both urban and wild populations. Another fatal disease, Elm Yellows, appeared in State College in 2007. While preventive measures have slowed both diseases, they still are a serious threat to the species
Pattee Mall American Elms Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2019
2. Pattee Mall American Elms Marker
and the future of these magnificent elms remains uncertain. Maintenance of this grove is supported by gifts from the Classes of 1986 and 1996.
 
Erected by Penn State Alumni Association.
 
Location. 40° 47.701′ N, 77° 51.749′ W. Marker is in State College, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Pattee Mall west of West College Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 26), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: University Park PA 16802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Willow (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bent of Tau Beta Pi (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Engineering (within shouting distance of this marker); American Elms (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Industry Research (about 300 feet away); Penn State Obelisk (about 300 feet away); Diesel Engineering (about 400 feet away); Hotel State College (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in State College.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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