winged elm Ulmaceae Ulmus
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, narrowly ovate, 2 inches long, margin coarsely and sharply doubly serrate, base of leaf inequilateral; upper surface dark green, paler and slightly hairy beneath, with very short petioles.
Flower: Small, reddish, in clusters, appearing March to April before leaf buds open.
Fruit: Appears April to May, 3/8 to 1/2 inch across, a flattened samara, hairy on the margin.
Twig: Slender, glabrous, slightly zigzag, reddish brown, with red-brown buds. Twigs have conspicuous corky wings that protrude one-half inch.
Bark: Red-brown to ashy gray, flat-topped ridges separated by irregular fissures.
Form: A small to medium sized tree with a rounded crown.
Looks like: American elm
- cedar elm
- slippery elm
- field elm
| Additional Range Information:
Ulmus alata is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting winged elm.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson