Wych Elm Sapling Trees

General Info Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Hedging, Native
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SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
40/60 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £3.48Out of Stock£2.64Out of Stock£2.28Out of Stock£1.92Out of Stock£1.68
60/80 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £3.60Out of Stock£3.00Out of Stock£2.58Out of Stock£2.34Out of Stock£2.21
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)

OUT OF STOCK

£3.12

Wych Elm needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant

    Rootgrow

    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19


Ulmus glabra: Wych / Scotch Elm Hedging Plants

Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra, is a hardy native Elm that can be used as a hedge plant on fertile, damp soils, although it isn't suitable for waterlogged sites. When it is clipped as a hedge, it will not attract Elm Bark Beetles.
Wych Elm will reach 30 metres if it grows freely as a tree.
Browse our selection of native hedging or our full range of hedging.

Bareroot plants are only delivered during winter (Nov-March).
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).

Spacing a Wych Elm hedge:
Plant at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.

A very hardy, large native tree. Grown as a tree, it tends to have a short trunk that breaks up into large branches a couple of metres above the ground. These will be fairly upright with spreading side branches, so mature trees are often as wide as they are tall. Wych Elm can also be clipped as a hedge, which looks great in summer with its lush, big serrated leaves.

Did You Know?

Ulmus glabra is native from Scotland to Russia and is found in the Alps, especially around Switzerland. The Gaelic name for it is Leam and the Romans called Loch Lomond "Leamanonius Lacus", Lake of the Elms. The timber is highly resistant to rotting and was once prized for water pipes and gutters. The leaves are good fodder for animals, and can be added to salads when they first open in spring.

It is susceptible to Dutch Elm disease, but the beetles that spread the fungus are less attracted to it than the English Elm, Ulmus procera, which was almost wiped out after the disease spread here in the 1960's; almost all the remaining English Elms are in Preston Park in Brighton, while mature Wych Elm trees can be found dotted around the UK, often in exposed or coastal locations where the wind is too strong for a flying beetle. 

Elms are important for the preservation of the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)

    £7.20

    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)

    £11.40

    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)

    £15.00

    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)

    £19.80

    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)

    £75.00

    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.


Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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