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Siberian Elm

Siberian Elm

Siberian Elm

(Ulmus pumila)

A fast-growing tree that grows to be 50-70’ tall. The bark is gray-brown bark with furrows at maturity. Twigs and leaves are nearly hairless, with black hairs on the bud scales.


Other names for this plant include:

  • Common names: littleleaf elm, dwarf elm
  • Scientific names: Ulmus campestris var. pumila; U. manshurica; U. turkestanica

Ecological threat:

  • Tolerates a wide variety of growing conditions including extreme temperatures, nutrient-poor soils and low moisture.
  • It can be found along roadsides, in pastures and grasslands, stream banks and prairies.
  • Due to the fast development and germination of seeds, dense thickets form rapidly, displacing native vegetation and reducing forage for native fauna.