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Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:13 pm
by jsd4times4
Hi! I have a dutch elm in my front yard - approx. 5 years old. This year in the fall the bark started peeling from the ground to about 6 feel up. All bark from there up is fine though. I was afraid it was dead but this spring its budding beautifully and leaves are ready to pop all over it. Has anyone seen this before? Do I need to do anything about it or should I just let it go? I've attached a picture as well. Thanks for any help or advice you can give!!!

Re: Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:43 pm
by lorijones
This looks very much like the bark pattern of the Lacebark or Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia). This exfoliating bark, leaving a mottled combination of gray, green, orange, and brown, is normal for these trees and is actually one of their most desirable characteristics. Other elm species do not have this type of bark. If you still have the tag from when you got this tree, check to see if it is indeed Ulmus parvifolia or lacebark elm.

Re: Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:45 am
by jsd4times4
Hey -thanks so much for the reply - that makes me feel much better......however I don't remember seeing this before on this tree? I don't have the tag - the City of Richmond put in years ago to replace a huge elm that went down in a storm (its on the strip of grass between my sidewalk and the street - city property). I was allowed to choose the type of tree I wanted as a replacement and I'm almost positive I remember choosing what was titled "Dutch Elm - Disease Resistant Strain" but my memory may be playing games with me! I'll keep an eye on it and hope it's just a characteristic of the tree type. Thanks!

Re: Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:56 am
by jsd4times4
I just googled Lacebark Elm - you are right! That's it! Thanks so much. I'm happy to know the tree we've grown to love isn't dying!

Re: Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:13 am
by lorijones
Wonderful! This is a very nice species of elm; tough and durable with beautiful bark!

Re: Dutch Elm - Bark Peeling

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:38 am
by Marybeth
This exfoliating bark, leaving a mottled combination of gray, green, orange, and brown, is normal for these trees and is actually one of their most desirable characteristics mega moolah
. Other elm species do not have this type of bark.