Native of north and central China, Korea and Japan
Tends to be found in woodland settings. Highly tolerant of a wide variety of soils, but in the wild it prefers rich soil near a source of water at elevations below 2500 ft.
A fast growing deciduous tree reaching heights of 40 to 50 ft. with a spread of 25 to 40 ft. Tends not to have a central leader and takes on a roundish shape with age. With age the bark begins to exfoliate.
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Also known as the true “Chinese Elm”, sometimes confused with the Siberian Elm.
Name comes from the exfoliating bark which is its most ornamental feature. Flaking reveals patches of gray, cream, orange, brown and green.
Has been adopted in this country for use as a shade tree.
Leaves and bark have supposed medicinal qualities and have been used in the past for a variety of ailments including treatment of fevers, neuritis, as a diuretic and an expectorant.
The wood is strong, durable and heavy. Is used in furniture, paneling, and has been used in ship building.
Elms in general tend to hold up well in heavy snow and ice storms.