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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map