Ulmus laevis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaUlmaceaeUlmusUlmus laevis


A deciduous tree, formerly planted but now rare and found in only a few woods and river banks. Reproduction is through vigorous suckering. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of temperate Europe and W. Asia, from C. France to the Caucasus.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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

Bean WJ
1980.  Trees and shrubs hardy in the British Isles, edn 8, IV. Ri-Z.
Chater AO
1996.  Ulmus laevis naturalised in Cards, VC 46. BSBI News. 75:63.
Harris EMH
1997.  Ulmus laevis – European White Elm. BSBI News. 76:57-58.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1991)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.