Wych Elm

Wych elm, 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.

The Appearance

A large deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and rough, dark green leaves. It produces small, red flowers in spring followed by winged seeds.


The Produce

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.


The Flowers

Produces small, red flowers in early spring, followed by winged seeds.


The Leaves

They are elliptical with doubly serrated margins and a pointed tip.


The Bark

The bark is dark gray and rough, becoming deeply fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and hedgerows.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The seeds are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its timber, which is used in furniture making and construction. Often planted for shade.


Fun Facts

Wych Elm is known for its resistance to Dutch elm disease, making it a valuable tree for conservation efforts.

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