Herb: Cherry Bark Elm

Latin name: Ulmus villosa

Synonyms: Ulmus laevigata

Family: Ulmaceae (Elm Family)

Edible parts of Cherry Bark Elm:

Leaves - raw or cooked.

Description of the plant:


25 m
(82 feet)

to May

Habitat of the herb:

Found at altitudes up to 3500 metres in the Himalayas.

Other uses of Cherry Bark Elm:

Wood - hard, somewhat scented. Used for furniture.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - if sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe, it usually germinates within a few days. Stored seed does not germinate so well and should be sown in early spring. The seed can also be harvested "green" (when it has fully developed but before it dries on the tree) and sown immediately in a cold frame. It should germinate very quickly and will produce a larger plant by the end of the growing season. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Plants should not be allowed to grow for more than two years in a nursery bed since they form a tap root and will then move badly. Layering of suckers or coppiced shoots.

Cultivation of Cherry Bark Elm:

Found at altitudes up to 3500 metres in the Himalayas.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Ulmus villosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.