About This Plant

Wych elm, scientifically known as Ulmus glabra, is a deciduous tree native to Europe, including the United Kingdom. Wych elm typically grows to a medium to large size, with a broad, spreading canopy. One of the most remarkable features of the wych elm is its distinctive bark, which is corky and often develops deep fissures with age. The tree’s bark and wood have been used in traditional crafts, including basketry.

The Story


The leaves are alternate, simple, and have a rough texture. They are elliptical with doubly serrated margins and a pointed tip. The upper surface is dark green, while the lower surface is paler.


In the spring, it produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are wind-pollinated. These flowers give way to small, winged seeds known as samaras, which are dispersed by the wind.
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