List of Trees 61-90

Slippery Elm

Ulmus rubra Muhl.

Family Ulmaceae

The Slippery Elm is also called the "red elm". This tree resembles the American Elm but has a longer bole (trunk) and the twigs have a tendency to point upward. The leaves are also more sharply pointed (acuminate). Early settlers used the inner bark to quench their thirst and Native Americans used the mucilaginous layer as a soothing remedy for ailments. The most common use of the wood is in the crate and box industry.