Wych Elm is rarely found as a tree and is more common as a hedgerow shrub. This is a likely result of the ravaging effects of a recent wave of Dutch elm disease which has affected all the UK’s elms, killing many mature trees and preventing new trees from growing. Mature Wych Elms can be found in woods, often alongside streams and mainly in upland areas. It is one of the few elms to spread mainly by seed, instead of propagating clones from root suckers.
How to identify?
Elms can be recognised by their asymmetrical oval leaves, toothed around the edges, with very short stalks, as well as their winged fruit. Wych Elm has longer leaves than other elms, with a narrow tip.