Why Buy Our Volume Trees?
- Our volume trees are plug plants which can be planted all year round. No rush to plant as roots are not exposed.
- Grown in Scotland which makes the plants much hardier (used to bad weather)
- Very easy to plant, little cultivation required and very high success rate.
- Our trees are covered by a FREE TREE WARRANTY. (first 15% not covered)
- Plants do not "check" when planted so rapid early growth.
- Root plug contains both naturally occurring mycorrhizae and fertilzer.
- Growing containers eliminate root spiralling.
- FREE DELIVERY (UK Mainland only)
Large Order Discount
Orders over £1000 may have further discounts added by contacting us or calling 0800 043 1057
Ulmus Glabra (Scottish Elm, or Wych Elm) selling points
Ulmus Glabra (Scottish Elm or Wych Elm) is deciduous and one of the most easily recognised of all the Elms due to larger leaves and shorter leaf stalks. Can reach 40 metres in height with similar qualities to a Queen with huge hair (has a broad crown) and is truly native to Britain especially in the North and West. Often divides into 2-3 larger branches quite close to the base of the tree.
Much like teenagers of today, they don’t like being taken out of their comfort zone and are not very tolerant of flooding or drought although they deal with pollution, coastal and windy locations fairly well. Their shape does not make them popular for street trees these days but their tolerance of constriction and pollarding make them suitable for container growing or a wood source. Difficult to split and used to makes seats, wheels and coffins due to its strong interlocking grain. Can be used as a hedge but not as popular for this as it used to be.
Ulmus Glabra (Scottish Elm or Wych Elm) General description
Generally seen as a montane (of the mountains) species, which means they are found in cooler, wetter areas typically below the tree line. Unlike David Dickinson or Robert Kilroy Silk, Ulmus Glabra (Scottish Elm or Wych Elm) is relatively shade tolerant but does require deep fertile soil for best results. You can plant in other soil types but it won’t flourish as fast or strongly.
New shoots are tough but supple that goes on to sprout rough leaves 6-17 cm in length and produces flowers that are hermaphrodites (of both sex) that appear before the leaves in early spring. Pollination occurs via the wind.
One of the distinguishing features of most if not all Elms is the base of the leaf. The stalk separates the leaf in two and one side of the base of the leaf will be lower than the other side. Wych Elm is slightly different in that the long side crosses over the short stalk and hides it.
Although susceptible to Dutch Elm disease, the Elm bark beetles have particular tastes and see this tree as a second choice (We presume this has been proven via behaviour observation rather than a survey team armed with clipboards asking them directly). DNA analysis of the tree has shown it has properties similar to “Chav” DNA in that genetic diversity through reproduction is unlikely i.e. it’s progeny are likely to be as much a failure and continuance of stereotype as its parentage. In short, it is likely to be as prone to Dutch Elm disease as it always has done.
If you are looking to grow your own, grow them from seed as this is the easier option. Softwood cuttings taken (with land owners permission/while no one was looking) in early June will sprout roots fairly reliably. Hardwood cuttings are a bit like the BNP, probably not worth bothering with.
Apparently it has edible qualities, which of course we take no responsibility for because we are only telling you what we have read! You can use them for salads and the very young fruits can be eaten raw leaving the mouth feeling “pleasant” with fresh breath. Historical and possibly current uses include rope, mats, ship keels and the like. Durable under water, elastic and abrasion resistant so would probably make good submarine brake pads? Also resists decay when permanently wet so trying to grow mushrooms on your submarine slowing down mechanism is a waste of time.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Ulmus Glabra Scottish Or Wych Elm
February 2013: Thank you for my order, it was all I could have wished for - prompt delivery, strong packaging, and a plant with a good root system. I like your friendly, honest , informative web site very much. Jacqueline Briggs.
Due to courier unpredictability, we advise having your trees delivered AT LEAST 3 days before you actually need them.
Returning Cell Grown Trees
For Phytosanitary reasons, some cell grown trees cannot be returned to the nursery. A list of plants affected is shown here or download the list here.
Delaying Planting Cell Grown Trees
If you cannot plant straight away, take the trees out of the packaging and stand upright next to each other in a sheltered location outside. November to March, no need to water unless they start to dry out and these would be ok for up to 6 weeks. During Spring and Summer, you can do this for up to 3 weeks.
Site Conditions And Evergreen Tree List
Our tree chart details which site conditions suit which trees and also which are evergreen or semi-evergreen.
Feeding Or Fertilizing Hedges
This is a task that can easily be over done. Any nitrogen based fertilizer will do such as 20:20:10 but the longer lasting ones which take 18/24 months are better as they are regulated by the weather and moisture therefore release slowly.
If you are one of those lucky people that lead an eco lifestyle (VERY jealous if you are) and want to buy trees to burn, then maybe our wood burning chart (excel spread sheet) will help you decide. Ash, Eucalyptus Gunnii and Willow are worth looking at for their growth rates and calorific values.
If you are looking to plant lots of plug plant or cell grown trees (the 10-40cm-ish) size range then maybe you should consider our tree planting tool. Tree planting rates of over 700 per day achievable.
Adding A Bit Of Colour And Attract Wildlife
Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) is very attractive, fragrant and attracts more wildlife to your garden. A bit on the vigorous side but worth the effort. A great addition to your project.
Broadleaf wood planting would be around 3m between each tree. Christmas tree planting for a commercial crop is around 1m.
Factors Detrimental To Cell Grown Trees
Too much/little water, animal Urine, excessive wind exposure (will slow growth), salt spray, frost on new growth, herbicide drift and over application of fertilizer.
UK Grown Volume Trees
All our volume trees are UK grown and as far as we know because we have never caught one booking a holiday overseas.