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Ulmus glabra
Wych elm

Wych elm (Ulmus glabra) is a large deciduous tree with a widespread natural range, including most of Europe, from the United Kingdom to Siberia, including Asia Minor.

The tree was previously widely planted as an ornamental in urban parks and along roadsides but is no longer used as such due to its susceptibility to Dutch elm disease. The wood is not of any significant quality but is used for veneer, boxes, furniture, hockey sticks and for wood pulp.  

Wych elm is tolerant to urban stress, including drought, air pollution and light shade. It prefers rich and well-drained moist, loamy soils and grows in elevations from sea level up to 1500 m.

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Genetic conservation of European elms

This leaflets briefly describes how to conserve genetic diversity of European elms.  


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