Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)

[ Trees > Hardwoods . . . ]      Forest Type: Various


Small tree with sandpapery, toothed leaves; leaf bases asymmetrical; bark furrowed, gray to reddish brown; found in eastern North America.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Adapted to floodplains, ridgetops, and ecosystems in between.

Stature: Up to about 60 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; with a spreading, open crown.

Leaves: 4-7 inches long; shaped like candle flames; coarsely, doubly saw-toothed; very rough (like sandpaper) on the upper sides; dark green above, pale green below; conspicuously uneven at the bases.

Bark: Thick; reddish brown to gray; furrowed with nearly parallel, flattened ridges.

Fruit: A small samara.

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Ulmus rubra

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