City tree inspectors annually inspect elm trees throughout Eden Prairie to identify trees with Dutch elm disease (DED).
DED is caused by an aggressive pathogenic fungus (Ophiostoma-ulmi). It can infect and kill all species of elms that grow in Minnesota, but fortunately cannot infect other kinds of trees.
Property owners with infected trees receive a written notice, which outlines the process to properly dispose of the tree within City guidelines. Diseased trees must be removed by the date specified on the removal notice. The debris from these trees often qualify for the City's free hauling and disposal program; the criteria to qualify for this service is outlined in the removal notice sent to the property owner.
Disease-resistant and disease-tolerant elm trees are bred and tested by various research organizations, including the University of Minnesota. Many local nurseries carry elm varieties that are resistant or tolerant of DED.
Questions? Contact the Forestry and Natural Resources Division.