Slippery Elm

Ulmus rubra

Also called Moose Elm, this medium-sized deciduous tree is native to eastern North America where adult trees can grow up to 20 m in height. The outer bark is dark brown and furrowed with a distinctive mucilaginous (slippery) reddish-brown inner bark. The inner bark can be used to make a gruel or tea for soothing the digestive tract.
Habitat:
Rich soils in bottomlands and streambanks. Also on drier limestone soils.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing 15-24 m tall.
Bloom Time:
Late winter.
Longevity:
Up to 200 years.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS NC ND NE NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC SD TN TX VA VT WI WV