A deciduous tree, formerly planted but now rare and found in only a few woods and river banks. Reproduction is through vigorous suckering. Lowland.
This species, which may be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, has been grown in Britain since c. 1800. It was recorded from the wild for the first time in 1943 in Surrey and in 1996, trees that had probably been planted 70-100 years ago were found in a woodland near Aberystwyth (Cards.).
Native of temperate Europe and W. Asia, from C. France to the Caucasus.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
Trees and shrubs hardy in the British Isles, edn 8, IV. Ri-Z,
, London, (1980)
Ulmus laevis naturalised in Cards, VC 46,
, BSBI News, Volume 75, p.63, (1996)
Ulmus laevis – European White Elm,
, BSBI News, Volume 76, p.57-58, (1997)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Jalas & Suominen (1991)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)