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English Elm

Ulmus minor

Also known as

English Cork Elm, European Field Elm, Smooth-Leaved Elm, Narrow-Leafed Elm, Small-Leaved Elm, Smoothleaf Elm, Small-leaved elm, Jersey elm, Wheatley elm, Elm

Ulmus minor Variegata by Melburnian (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of English Elm

A close up of some Ulmus minor seedpods
A close up of a green Ulmus minor plant
A close up of some winged Ulmus minor fruits and green leaves
A photo of English Elm

English Elm Overview

Ulmus minor is considered the same as Ulmus procera, commonly known by the names English Elm and European Field Elm, amongst others. This deciduous tree from the Ulmaceae family originates from Europe to Central Asia. The bark is grey-brown in colour and textured, this plant has a suckering habit. Stems and buds are hairy, the leaves are oval, with toothed edges and a crinkled, hairless surface. Flowers are pink-red in colour, found hanging in clusters from early spring, leading onto winged fruits called samaras. Grows best in full sun, in moist, well-draining soil, it can cope with soil on the wetter side.

Common problems with English Elm

How to propagate English Elm




You can propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or seeds in the autumn.

Other uses of English Elm

Grown for their foliage and habit.


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