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Tree ID?? is it elm?

Posted by ospreynn z7 NM (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 8, 13 at 21:46

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


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RE: Tree ID?? is it elm?

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


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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


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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


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


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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.


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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.


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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


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  • Posted by beng z6 western MD (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 16, 13 at 10:21

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


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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


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