Ulmus 'Sarniensis'

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 Ulmus 'Sarniensis' subsp. var.  Jersey Elm, Wheatley Elm
Habit: tree
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 75 ft to 80 ft
Width: 23 ft to 25 ft
Lifespan: perennial
Exposure: sun
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USDA Zones: 7 to 10
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Ulmaceae > Ulmus 'Sarniensis' var. ,

Ulmus minor subsp. sarniensis Stace [1], known variously as Guernsey Elm, Jersey Elm, Wheatley Elm, or Southampton Elm, once enjoyed much popularity in Britain, where it was widely cultivated for street planting. However the Dutch elm disease pandemic has now destroyed all the mature trees save a few at Preston Park in Brighton, and in Edinburgh.

The appeal of the tree lay chiefly in its compact, columnar form, not dissimilar to the Lombardy Poplar. Rarely exceeding a height of 27 m, the tree has long stiff ascending branches forming a narrow pyramidal crown [2][3]. The small leaves and samarae are similar to those of the Field Elm group in general; like others of the group, the tree suckers very freely. The tree often developed highly distinctive cancerous burrs on its branches or trunk.



Pests and diseases

The Guernsey Elm is very susceptible to Dutch elm disease.


A golden-leaved form, Dicksonii, exists



  1. Stace, C. A. (1997). New Flora of the British Isles, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.
  2. McClintock, D. (1975). The Wild Flowers of Guernsey. Collins, London.
  3. White, J. & More, D. (2002). Trees of Britain & Northern Europe. Cassell's, London.

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