Ulmus rubra (slippery or red elm)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaf blade very rough-pubescent, especially on the upper surface; veins often fork near the margin
  • Outer bark reddish brown, solid brown in cross section, not layered with light and dark bands
  • Inner bark of branches and trunk slippery, mucilaginous when chewed
  • Samara only pubescent over the seed cavity, not ciliate
  • Buds dark brown to black, orange-pubescent, especially at the tips, globose flower buds conspicuous

Sourced from page 195 in "Michigan Trees"


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