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Ulmus pumila
Siberian elm

The Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) is a small to medium-sized, deciduous tree, recently introduced from Asia to the Southern Europe. It settles early in the season, grows fast and rapidly re-sprouts from the roots, which makes it very competitive and even considered invasive in some countries. The Siberian elm is mostly used for windbreaks and to control soil erosion. It has shown resistance towards Dutch elm disease and has therefore been effective in breeding resistance into various elm hybrids.

The Siberian elm prefers fertile, well-drained soils with abundant sun, yet the tree is extremely adaptable to harsh conditions such as drought, cold winters and poor, dry soils. As with other elm species, it is able to grow in areas with pollution and salinity.

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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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