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Wych Elm

Ulmus glabra

Also known as

Scots Elm, Scotch Elm, European Mountain Elm, Scottish Elm, Broadleaf Elm, Broad-Leaved Elm, Elm, Weeping wych elm, Wych elm

Ulmus glabra - 1 by Hagen de Merak (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Wych Elm Overview

Ulmus glabra is commonly known by the names Wych Elm, Scots Elm and Broadleaf Elm, amongst others. It is a deciduous tree species from the Ulmaceae family. It can grow up to 40m in height, forming a broad crown with age. The bark is grey and smooth in texture, aging to grey-brown with a rough texture. Leaves are produced alternately on dark grey, hairystems, they measure up to 17cm in length and are broadly egg-shaped, with a pointed tip and an uneven base. Red-purple flowers appear before the foliage, which bursts from squat, hairy, purple-black buds, early in spring, they are arranged in clusters and lack petals, being pollinated by the wind. Flowers lead onto winged fruits, called samaras, these contain a single, round seed. Grow in full sun to partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil. This tree is susceptible to Dutch Elm Disease.

Common problems with Wych Elm

How to propagate Wych Elm



You can propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or seeds in the autumn.

Other uses of Wych Elm