Elm Family

Slippery Elm

Ulmus rubra

This tree grows to be forty to sixty feet tall. The bark is brown and has deep furrows. At one time the slippery inner bark was used as a cure for throat ailments. The heavy wood is coarse and hard.


The leaves have short stalks. They are rough on top and hairy underneath. The twigs are rough and hairy.

Resources compiled by Dr. Loretta Kuse