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Slippery Elm
Ulmus rubra

Also called Moose Elm or Red 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
Presence in Canada:NB ON QC
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