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Ulmus rubra

Common Names: Slippery Elm, Red Elm
Ulmus rubra
Ulmus rubra

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Ulmaceae
Genus: Ulmus
Species: Ulmus rubra

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Slippery elm is a medium tree, growing between 50 and 80 feet tall. They have dark gray-brown bark with furrows, showing an orange inner bark.

Leaves on this tree are alternate and simple. They’re football-shaped with an uneven base. Leaves are thick, rough, and double toothed. In autumn they turn yellow.

Habitat & Range

Slippery elm grows in moist soils throughout the eastern half of the United States.

Life Cycle

The fruit of this tree is 1/2" wide, circular, and has slightly notched pouches.

Featured image by James Dake.


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