August Challenge #4

Chinese  Siberian Elm

A fast growing tree, these were planted by the thousands in the 1950’s when Dutch Elm disease ravaged the American Elms.

Not a highly revered tree, but there are lots of them

Relatively weak — note the scar where a limb has broken off

From Wikipedia:  “Many nurserymen and foresters mistakenly refer to Ulmus pumila, the rapidly growing, disease-ridden, relatively short-lived, weak-wooded Siberian elm, as “Chinese elm.” This has given the true Chinese elm an undeserved bad reputation. 

The two elms are very distinct and different species. Among other obvious differences, with age the Siberian elm’s bark becomes deeply ridged and furrowed, and possesses a very rough, greyish-black appearance, while the Chinese elm’s smooth bark becomes flaky and blotchy, exposing very distinctive, light-coloured mottling, hence the synonym lacebark elm for the real Chinese elm.

No question about it, that is a Siberian Elm, the bark is nothing like a true Chinese Elm.  Now we know. 🙂


At the Civic Center, McFerren Park

Real deal Chinese Elm — photo from the Web

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

6 response to "August Challenge #4"

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 7, 2019

      Posted a photo of a Chinese Elm from the web — none around here Im aware of — yet.

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: August 7, 2019

    Whoa! I would not want a ‘known weak tree’ to be right over my house like that one in the pic. That just says ice storm insurance claim to me! I like its feathery appearance though.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 7, 2019

      I agree, we had 30+ Siberian Elms at our old place, some not so big, others huge — and you are right, ice storms were not a good thing.
      Not sure anyone knew that when they planted them following the Dutch Elm episode.
      Not that long ago you could still buy 100 one foot saplings for like 20 dollars.

        • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 7, 2019

          Ice storms of the magnitude that bring down trees are pretty rare — but if they were a regular occurrence the insurance companies probably would.

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