51 Wych elm Ulmus glabra

Family: Ulmaceae

The Wych elm is often called the Scots Elm because of its abundance in Scotland. It will grow in montane areas up to 1500 metres. It also occurs in Scandinavia, through to the mountains of Greece. Wych comes from the Old English word for supple. The wood of this tree is valued for its toughness and supple strength but because the trunk divides down low it is difficult to mill. The 'horns' on the leaves are more common than on the English elm and the furrows in the bark are more parallel.