The hybrid elm cultivarUlmus × hollandica 'Dampieri', one of a number of cultivars arising from the crossing of the Wych ElmU. glabra with a variety of Field ElmU. minor, is believed to have originated in continental Europe. It was marketed in Wetteren, Belgium, in 1851 as 'Orme de Dampier', then in the Low Countries in 1853, and later identified as Ulmus campestris var. nuda subvar. fastigiata Dampieri Hort., Vilv. by Wesmael (1862).
The tree may be named after the explorer and botanist William Dampier (1651–1715) from East Coker, Somerset, though given its European heritage and 19th century introduction, it is more likely that 'Dampier' was a continental nurseryman from that period.
'Dampieri' was commonly planted in towns in continental northern Europe during the latter half of the 19th century. It was marketed as U. montana fastigiata Dampieri by the Späth nursery of Berlin and by the Ulrich nursery of Warsaw, and as Ulmus montana pyramidalis Dampieri by the van Houtte nursery of Ghent. The Hesse Nursery of Weener, Germany, supplied it as U. montana 'Dampieri' in the 1930s and as U. campestris 'Dampieri' in the 1950s.
'Dampieri' in Kipling Avenue, Woodingdean, Brighton, 2007
J. F. Wood in The Midland Florist and Suburban Horticulturist (1851) described a round-headed U. Pyramidalis (an early synonym of 'Dampieri') acquired from the Continent, with "broad, dense, distinct foliage" and similar in form to Lombardy Poplar, but "far preferable" for avenue planting. The early date, however, makes an identification with 'Dampieri' doubtful.
Now a rarity in the UK; the TROBI Champion grows at St George's Road, Lambeth, London, measuring 15 m high by 48 cm d.b.h. in 2003.