Factsheet S09: Wych elm – Ulmus glabra
The wych elm is a large tree up to 40 m (130 ft) high with a trunk of up to 2m (6 ft) in diameter, originating from most of Europe from the Black sea to the Baltic; it is hardy to zone 4/5 (-25°C, -13°F). In Britain it is now the most common of the elms since Dutch Elm Disease (DED) decimated the population of English and hybrid elms in the 1970's and 80's. It is mainly a woodland tree, also found in hedges and near streams. It is most common in the west and north of Britain.