A large wide-topped tree, often considered a definitive component of the English countryside, found in hedgerows and field-borders, rarely in woodland but sometimes forming small copses. It prefers the deep and moist soils of major river systems. Lowland.
In most areas few mature trees remain, being very susceptible to the current outbreak of Dutch Elm disease which began c. 1965. New sapling growth still succumbs, but the species remains a major hedgerow constituent, particularly in its core area. The natural distribution is much confused by planting, but probably does not extend much beyond England and Wales. Hybrids with other Ulmus taxa are infrequent.
European Temperate element.
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