Slippery Elm, Gray Elm, Soft Elm, Moose Elm, American Elm,
American weeping elm, American White Elm, Gray elm, Rock Elm,
Springwood, Swamp Elm, Water Elm, White Elm
The American elm has been seriously affected by Dutch elm disease.
The disease has eliminated most of the majestic American elms in
the urban setting and continues to kill trees each year. Elm is
the state tree of Massachusetts and
Did You Know?
The red elm has a glue-like substance in its inner bark that
formerly was steeped in water as a remedy for throat ailments; powdered
for use in poultices, and chewed as a thirst-quencher.
The Eastern to Midwest U.S. Average tree height is 40 to 60 feet.
Uses include furniture, hardwood dimension, flooring, construction
and mining timbers, sheet metal work, wheel hubs, railroad ties,
ship-building, fence posts, sills, boxes, crates, pallets, cooperage,
decorative plywood and veneer, farm vehicles, food containers, baskets,
and interior trim.
The wood is also used for the hubs of wagon wheels and hockey
sticks, as it is very shock resistant, owing to the wood's interlocking
grain. It is also used for making bows, as it is both strong and
Together, aspen, basswood, cottonwood, elm, gum, hackberry, sassafras,
sycamore and willow represent 12.5 percent of commercially available
Red elm has a grayish white to light brown narrow sapwood, with
heartwood that is reddish brown to dark brown in color. The grain
can be straight, but is often interlocked. The wood has a coarse
texture. The wood has no characteristic odor or taste.
The fibrous inner bark is a strong and durable fiber, which can
be spun into thread, twine or rope. It can be used for bow strings,
ropes, jewelry, clothing, snowshoe bindings, woven mats, and even
some musical instruments.
Ash • Beech • Brazilian Cherry • Brazilian Walnut • Aromatic Cedar • Cherry • Coffeenut • Cypress • Hickory • Hard Maple • Poplar • Red Elm • Red Oak • Sassafras • Soft Maple • Walnut • White Oak • White Pine • Yellow Pine • Heart Pine
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Wood is a natural
product. Some variation in color and grain pattern will occur between
samples, images on this website, photographs and any specific installation.
Red elm is fairly easy to work, it nails, screws and glues well,
and can be sanded and stained to a good finish. It dries well with
minimum degrade and little movement in performance.
on strength & mechanical properties
The wood of American elm is moderately heavy, hard, and stiff.
It has interlocked grain and is difficult to split, which is an
advantage for its use as hockey sticks and where bending is needed.
860 Janka Hardness Rating
Estimated Product Weights
Green Rough Sawn
KD Rough Sawn
KD 15/16" HoM Planed
KD 3/4" S4S & Flooring
are considered estimated averages only and do not include
the additional weight of bolsters, packaging or crating.