Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

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Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia), also called lacebark elm, is native to eastern Asia, including mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Vietnam. It has been described as one of the most splendid elms for its graceful shape, medium size and all year visual impact. It can find a place in many situations from moderately sized city gardens to large parks and farms.

A small to medium semi-deciduous tree growing to 10–18m tall and 15–20m wide with a slender trunk and crown.

Chinese elm timber is considered the hardest of the elms. Owing to its superior hardness, toughness and resistance to splitting it is regarded as the best wood for chisel handles and similar uses. Chinese elm lumber is also used most for furniture, cabinets, veneer and hardwood flooring, as well as specialty uses such as long bow construction.

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