Can someone identify this graft?

John A Norton JohnANorton at
Tue Jul 29 18:16:42 EST 1997

As a British botanist, it looks to me like Ulmus glabra - Wych Elm, a
fairly common native species here. The roughness of the upperside of the
leaf is a useful ID feature. According to the books, this species is
occasionally planted in eastern North America. It is also possible that it
is a hybrid or cultivated variety. My book also mentions that grafting is
used as a method of propagation for elms.

John Norton
Hampshire UK

Peter and Evelyn Ruut <puddies at> wrote in article
<33CC15D6.99B870D1 at>...
> Hi,
>     In the courtyard behind the Town Hall in White Plains, NY, are two
> trees, both of which appear to be two *kinds* of trees grafted
> together.  My co-workers and I are curious about the upper half of these
> trees, which form a dense canopy of interlocking branches.
>     The bark changes slightly in texture and color at about eye level,
> and the trunk changes from nearly round to amoeba-shaped, thus our
> suspicion that it's a graft.  As you can see from the attached scan, the
> leaf is toothed and oval.  What you can't see from the scan, and can't
> easily see when looking at the leaf either, is that there is a fine coat
> of hair on the top of the leaves.  When you brush your finger in the
> direction of the tip of the leaf, it feels like a peach, but brush your
> finger in the other direction, and it feels like a cat's tongue or
> stinging nettle.  There are no acorns, fruit, or catkins as far as I can
> tell.
>     Thanks from the guys at Lucent Technologies.
> - Erik,
> c/o puddies at

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