Winged Elm

Ulmus alata

A large sized tree growing to about 60′ tall with a rounded crown and straight trunk, may grow taller on good sites.

Leaves: alternate, simple, deciduous, oblong-oval, 1 – 2 1/2″ in length with coarsely toothed margins, smooth on top and slightly hairy below, turns yellow in the fall.

Flowers: early spring before leaves appear, reddish brown 1/8″ long with 5 stamens.

Fruit: single seed samaras 1/3″ long, surrounded by hairy fuzz or wing, notched at tip.

Twigs: zigzag, corky “wings” can be up to 1/2″ wide.

Bark: Thin, brown with fissures and flat topped ridges.

Comments: Fruit is valuable for wildlife (birds and squirrels). A good tree for use in ornamental settings.

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