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Large spreading tree to 40 metres, and happily not as badly affected by Dutch Elm Disease as some other Elms. Leaves rounded to elliptical with a long tapering point and 12 to 18 pairs of lateral veins. Roughly hairy above. Flowers in small clusters appearing before the leaves. Fruit oval 15 to 20 mm with a central seed.
Hedgerows and woods.
March and April.
Fairly common over much of Britain though less so in Scotland.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 344 of the 617 tetrads.
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