The Wych Elm is also known as the Mountain Elm and the Scots Elm.
It is not a common tree in the south of England.
On good soil it may attain a girth of fifty feet, but it never grows as tall as the Common Elm.
The bark is rough with deep vertical fissures, which are usually beautifully patterned.
The branches are fan-like and end in robust twigs with pointed, slightly downy, buds arranged alternately.
The leaves are large, double-toothed, dull green colour, and very rough to the touch.
The brownish flowers appear in March, occasionally in February, and the seeds are carried by the wind.
The very tough wood is much used in the construction of sailing ships and boats.