Tree ID?? is it elm?

ospreynnJuly 8, 2013

I saw this tree growing in Santa Fe, NM... seems to be doing fine around the city... is it elm?

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j0nd03

Sure is. If the leaves feel rough like sandpaper, it is probably slippery elm. It looks like an American elm to me, though.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2013 at 10:34PM
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ospreynn

Thanks... it is the first time I see a native (US) elm in New Mexico... Ulmus pumila is all you see around here.. I didn't touch the leaves, so I cannot comment on that... which of the two species (slippery or American) is most likely to survive in NM?

osprey

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 1:47PM
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j0nd03

You mean you don't go around groping strange trees? haha jk

If it was planted, it is most likely an american elm cultivar.

John

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 1:59PM
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ospreynn

hahaha I should do that more often... thanks for the ID John.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 6:34PM
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calliope(6)

Elms are easy. Notice where the leaf attaches to the petiole? Elms typically have the leaf margin at that spot uneven, one side not being identical to the other, off-center.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 7:15PM
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ospreynn

calliope, since they don't occur naturally around here, I had no clue how to id them...thanks for the hint... I never paid attention to their leaves before... that should make things easier.
The problem would be to find the right species.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 6:01PM
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ken_mce(zone 4, NY)

ospreynn
The problem would be to find the right species.

Given that the city seems to have put it there, I'm going with Ulmus USDA

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 10:50PM
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beng(z6 western MD)

Offhand, that looks closest to American elm. Leaves too big for Sib elm, not fuzzy enough for slippery elm.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:21AM
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ospreynn

Planted by the city...... It's not Siberian elm for sure... I can distinguish the other two species... but it seems like the general consensus is American elm... thanks

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 6:57PM
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