Small-leaved Elm - Ulmus minor subsp. minor

    Alternative names
    Narrow-leaved Elm

    The leaves are stalked, often asymmetrical at their base, narrow, smooth and bright shiny green above with 7 to 12 pairs of lateral veins.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Hedgerows - often surviving Dutch Elm disease but producing suckers.

    When to see it

    In flower during February and March followed by the leaves.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in the Midlands and south eastern England, but less well recorded elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 346 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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