Ulmaceae - The Elm Family
American Elm, Elm, Florida Elm, Gray Elm, Grey Elm, Swamp Elm, Water Elm, White Elm
Interior Use Only
Food Containers, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Toys
Grey Elm grows on the Eastern Coast of the United States and Canada, as far west as the Rock Mountains, and as far south as northern Florida and Texas. The tree grows interspersed in mixed hardwood stands, and prefers moist soils of valleys and flood plains. The Grey Elm is the largest tree of the Elm species. The Grey Elm has been particular hard hit by Dutch Elm disease.
The sapwood is often very wide and is grayish white to light brown in color. The heartwood which is typically darker in color then the sapwood and often has a reddish tint to it. The grain is generally straight, but can also be irregular or interlocked. It is reported to have a coarse texture, that can be woolly. It is very similar to Red Elm in appearance.
Sharp tooling is a necessity to try and prevent wooly surfaces. It is also recommended that mail and screws be pre-bored.