bill riley's picture

Old Herefordshire hedgerow trees and shrubs

Observed: 8th July 2009 By: bill riley
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
bill riley’s reputation in Plantsbill riley’s reputation in Plantsbill riley’s reputation in Plants
B irch 1
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Elm (Ulmus) interacts


Chris Metherell's picture


I'm inclined to agree with RHoman (sorry don't know your real name!). Some leaves appear to have asymetrical bases (which most Ulmus do), and a useful pointer is that they have virtually no petiole, a chracteristic of U. glabra, which is a very typical hedgerow tree, and it looks as though it's suckering - another Ulmus character. But photographs can be very deceptive, and this is a young specimen.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

bill riley's picture

Elm or Birch?.......Yes probably Elm

I have looked long and hard at this and another photo taken on the same day. I agree the petioles are short for Birch and there may be an asymetric leaf base. Elm it is then.

I live in Huntingdonshire where Elms are usually dead or dying rapidly so made a wrong and haisty ID here.

Thanks Robert and Chris, Maybe Elms are doing better than I believed!


Barnmead's picture


We were very pleased to find we had 2 elms when we moved into our new home here in mid-Norfolk, though neither were very large. Then in 2008 one suddenly started to die back, seen as yellowing of the leaves on one upper branch. Our tree surgeon said that once they get to a certain size the vector of the fungus, the elm bark beetle, homes in and infects the tree. The English Elm seems to be able to resist to some degree and produce suckers which grow for about 15 years and then they too succumb. So perhaps what you have seen in this hedgerow are suckers from an older tree.

Oh - and another feature of an elm leaf is that when you stroke it the wrong way, it feels like a cat's tongue!



Refugee's picture


We have got elm in our local country park and some get big enough to flower before the disease gets them. Once a few resistant seeds get going we may get to see big trees again.