There’s an Elm Tree near Messex in Morgan County that I want but it is too big to steal. It is probably a Rock Elm.
I took some leaves off the tree to CSU Extension Agent Brian Kailey and he got out his Big Book of Elms. Based solely on the leaves it looks to be a Rock Elm, close relative to the American Elm. A problem is that elms can cross pollinate so a DNA test would probably be required to determine exactly what it is. No doubt, however, that it is a fine specimen.
I had no idea we had so many elms.
This tree, at the river, may be a Black or Cork Elm. It is not a Chinese or Siberian Elm. What we have been calling Chinese for years, I am assured, is really the Siberian. The Chinese does better in the Southeast corner of the state.
A gall on the tree above. Open these and discover a whole new world of unanswered questions.
Elm seeds. (Incidentally, whatever the giant elm in the first picture is, I wanted some seeds so as to grow my own. I waited until the proper time, drove out to Messex–and its a Male tree.