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Tree with unusual bark

Observed: 10th May 2013 By: jw33
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Leaves simple, symmetrical and toothed. Bark with fissures creating effect of regular raised, quite smooth 'pads'

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Species with which Elm (Ulmus) interacts


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Symmetrical leaves?

Elm is usually distinguishable by the fact that the leaves are not symmetrical at the base.

It's a bit hard to see at this stage, as the leaves are barely unfolded.

But they should turn out to be quite lop-sided.

The only other (common) tree with corky bark like this is Field Maple (Acer campestre) and that has opposite leaves, so it's quite easy to tell them apart.

The knobbly herringbone effect of the bare twigs (good photo, btw) is typical of Elm.

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Thanks Rachy, I'll keep an

Thanks Rachy,
I'll keep an eye on the leaves. The pattern of the twigs against the sky was very striking and I have just compared it to other elm photos I've taken. This tree was also brilliant yellow with Xanthoria a couple of months ago.