Yashca's picture

Elm or Hazel?

Observed: 12th June 2013 By: YashcaYashca’s reputation in PlantsYashca’s reputation in PlantsYashca’s reputation in Plants

I've tried reading about to how to identify elms and hazel, but I never feel confident. My best guess is that this might be wych elm.

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Species with which Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra) interacts


lavateraguy's picture

At this time of year ...

... (at least) the upper surface of wych elm leaves has a rough texture, but hazel is soft to the touch.

Visually the (not very in this case) assymmetric base and acuminate apex point at wych elm.

Yashca's picture

Thank you, the fact that Wych

Thank you, the fact that Wych elm and hazel should feel different is hopefully a feature I should easily remember.

ulmusenthu's picture

elm or hazel


You have an example of the very rare Ulmus glabra 'Corylifolia' (Hazel-leaved Wych elm) which is listed in Green's Registration of Elm Cultivars. There is one tree in Hove, where I live; but I have not heard of any other tree. There is a purple coloured alternative too. If you look through Flickr you may come across it. That example is at the University of Guelph, Canada. Drop me a line and tell me where your tree is please.

landgirl's picture


You can see the location of the observation by clicking the location link above. You can view as a map or satellite image. It's not always perfect, but it might be a good start for you.