Wych Elm tree identification
The Wych Elm Ulmus glabra is native to Britain and recognised by its very large leaves. It grows well in upland areas and is common in Scotland. It is susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease. Isolated clumps of old trees still survive in upland areas and there is a large population in Edinburgh. There are occasional survivors in the South.
Wych Elm tree identification – very large, asymmetric leaves, conspicuous flowers and winged seeds in spring.
The seeds of the Wych Elm are surrounded by a flat wing to help wind dispersion. A winged seed of this type is called a samara by botanists. Photo taken in mid April.
The buds are larger than other elms and stick out. The shoot zig-zags as a result of sympodial growth, where the terminal bud dies and growth is taken over by one of the lateral buds.
Buds near the tip are pointed. Buds further back are rounded flower buds. Photo taken at the end of January