Ulmus glabra - Wych Elm

Wych Elm (Leamhán sléibhe)

This is a relatively unusual native, mostly found in mountainous areas in the Northwest. As with many broadleaved trees it flowers early on bare stems before the leaves break bud, making it an important source of food for insects. Wych Elm also sets its seed early, usually in May and June. Ulmus glabra grows into a mid sized spreading tree, it produces highly prized timber despite its difficulty to work. This species is susceptible to Dutch Elm disease but the beetles favour certain species of elms when it comes to feeding. Their favourite is English elm and their least preferred is Wych elm.

Site: Tolerates some exposure
Soil: Well drained but not too dry
Position: Full sun to part shade
Season of Interest: Autumn colour
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: upto 60ft (20m) Spread: 25ft (7.5m)

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Type | Size: Bareroot | 1-2ft
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