Ulmus minor 'Sarniensis'

Wheatley Elm

Small, compact, round-crowned tree, sometimes narrowly conical at first. Lower branches more or less horizontal. Leaves small, rectangular to rhomboidal, mostly 3-6 cm long, 2-2.5 cm wide, smooth and slightly shiny above with large, blunt, irregular teeth, mostly with secondary teeth, hairs in vein axils on undersurface hardly visible to the naked eye; veins in 9-12 pairs. Leaf stalks about 5 mm long. [U. ×”sarniensis (Loudon) H.H. Bancr.]

Trees supplied under the name Cornish Elm, U. minor 'Cornubiensis' do not have the characteristic hair tufts in the vein axils on the lower leaf surface; this cultivar has ascending branches with drooping tips and is narrowly conical becoming broad-conical with age. Leaves are in clusters, thick, dark green, smooth, shiny and slightly concave above, with the hair tufts in the vein axils below obvious to the naked eye (the main distinguishing feature), veins in 10-12 pairs.

NSW: Mittagong (Anglican Church, several). Vic: Castlemaine (Castlemaine Botanical Gardens, 7.5 m in 1984); Creswick (The University of Melbourne School of Ecosystem and Forestry Sciences); Kyneton (Kyneton Botanic Gardens); Melbourne (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne Gardens), Long Island); Leongatha (Mossvale Park beyond shelter, also just inside private entrance about 12 m tall).

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Rosales
family       Ulmaceae
genus        Ulmus L.
species         Ulmus minor Mill.