A small tree growing 4-12 m tall and often shrubby with weeping branches. Bark fissured. Buds roundish, blackish brown. Branchlets soon hairless. Leaves mostly 5-7.5 cm long, elliptic to oblanceolate, toothing mostly shallow, sharp and double; smooth above and more or less hairless below; vein pairs 9-12 with hair tufts in the vein axils below but hardly visible to the naked eye. Leaf stalks 3-7(-10) mm long, thin, more or less hairless. Fruit 10-12 mm long and deeply notched with the seed near the centre.
Perhaps the least attractive of the elms but a rapid grower and has been used for erosion control; said to be resistant to Dutch Elm disease.
E Siberia & N China to Turkestan
Relatively small leaves, base hardly oblique.
VIC: St Kilda (St Kilda Botanical Gardens, 12 m tall in 1985; Alma Park west). ACT: Westbourne Woods.
Source: (1997). Ulmus. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.