ELM ~ English elm is a deciduous tree native to southern and eastern Europe.

Common name: English elm

Scientific name: Ulmus minor var. vulgaris
Family: Ulmaceae

UK provenance: native

Interesting fact: before metal was widely available, many English towns had water mains supplied from pipes made from elm wood, including Bristol, Reading, Exeter, Southampton, Hull and Liverpool.

Overview: mature trees grow to 30m and can live for more than 100 years. The bark is grey brown, rough and fissured, often with suckers growing from the base of the trunk. The twigs are finely hairy. Buds are oval, pointed and hairy.

Uses ~ Elm wood is strong and durable with a tight-twisted grain, and is resistant to water. It has been used in decorative turning, and to make boats and boat parts, furniture, wheel hubs, wooden water pipes, floorboards and coffins