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English elm and Wych elm

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English elm suckers occur on Hog Hill.  Wych elm Simple pinnate leaves. Largest leaf 12cm. occurs on the old Reservoir site.
THE ELMS

English elm occurs on Hog Hill but following Dutch elm disease it can only be found as suckers. It doesn't flower. Wych elm, which occurs along the roadway by the reservoir site on Hog Hill flowers and seeds before the leaves appear. Because the elm trees rarely reach maturity in the South East identification is very difficult, as hybrids  occur and leaves from saplings can be misleading. The two halves of elm leaves are unequal. 

Flowers of Wych elm. March 2005.
Seeds of  Wych elm with central seed and surrounded by a wing. Known as an achene. April 2005.