Elise's picture

Tree identification needed

Observed: 26th September 2012 By: Elise

This is growing in my small front garden. I am worried it might be an alder and if so this is a problem as it is very close to the house and water mains. Could someone please identify it for me and if possible provide advice as to whether it would cause a problem in this vicinity please?

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Species with which Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) interacts


pirayaguara's picture

With any broad-leaved tree

With any broad-leaved tree you can prune back or coppice it and by limiting it's growth you will limit the extent of the roots.

allrounder's picture

Wych Elm

If it is this species, it is more than likely only going to grow as a suckering shrub. Wych Elm is susceptible to Dutch Elm disease and saplings rarely develop into mature trees.

Please see my Flickr photo's www.flickr.com/photos/129804972@N07/

lavateraguy's picture

Wych elm does grow as a tree

Around here wych elm has commonly grown back to tree size - only medium-sized as yet, but definitely a tree.

Elise's picture

tree identification needed

I agree the leaves are similar to wych elm although on my specimen the leaf shape has more pointy bits. But I don't think it can be wych elm because the seed pods are completely different - my tree has catkins and wych elm does not have these.

cicuta58's picture


Perhaps it is a species of Hazel.


lavateraguy's picture


I was uncomfortable with the identification as an elm because the leaves seemed too symmetrical at the base.

But the leaf form doesn't seem to match anything else common in Britain. As it is amentiferous I think we can infer that it is Alnus, Betula or Corylus - I've glanced at my files of digital photographs and the nearest (but not good) match is Corylus colurna (Turkish hazel).

Are any fruits present - that would help to distinguish Alnus from Betula. (I assume that hazelnuts would already have been noticed.)

GrizzledBadger's picture

If your specimen has catkins,

If your specimen has catkins, why not put a pic up with the leaf photos. Having looked at & photographed both Wych Elm & Hazel today where I work my choice on foliage alone would be Wych Elm, because leaf stalks are short and the leaf base lobes are slightly unequal, cannot see buds but the one I was loooking at had red buds where as the Hazel buds were green.