Wych Elm

Ulmus glabra

The Wych elm is the hardiest elm, able to grow in polluted atmospheres and near the sea. It was much prized for its durability and ability to withstand many years under water.


Wych Elm flowers

Wych Elm flowers









The heartwood of the Wych elm is a pleasant reddish-brown, with the occasional green streak.

The word “wych” means pliable in Anglo Saxon.


  • Keels of ships
  • Wheel stocks
  • Water pipes in medieval times
  • Bark for weaving chair seats
  • Coffins

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