Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra). The Wych Elm reaches heights of 40m, typically with a broad crown. It was by far the
most common elm in the north and west of the British Isles and is now acknowledged as the only truly native species.|
The leaves are deciduous, alternate, simple ovate with a lop-sided base, 6-17cm long and 3-12cm broad.
|The clusters of tiny, bell-shaped flowers open in late February and March, well before the leaves. The fruit is flattened, broadly winged, penny-sized and light green, with a single seed in the centre.||
|The wood is very durable in wet conditions. It was once used to make underground water pipes and is still used for groynes and harbour works.|