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Experts say centuries-old Quincy elm not dying

QUINCY – Experts have declared that an American elm tree that could be nearly four centuries old is not dying.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1rgYM3U ) that officials with the city tree commission, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Morton Arboretum in Lisle say the ancient tree is in "shock" after two summers of drought and a harsh winter.

The mammoth tree could be 253 to 390 years old — according to a formula used by the Department of Natural Resources.

Tests have indicated it is not infected with Dutch elm disease, the malady that devastated urban forests nationwide in the 1960s and '70s. It is one of only about 10 remaining in the city.

The tree appears to be dead but officials have no plans to remove it.

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