Monday, May 4, 2015

Slippery Elm Seeds

Every spring I notice something different in the woods.   Probably because things come on differently every spring.   The weather is fickle and a properly timed cool stretch slows things down so that even I can't miss certain things.

These are slippery elm [Ulmus rubra] seeds.   The bark of this tree is often used medicinally, to aid in the healing of digestive troubles.


  1. Those seeds are liable to turn into thousands of slippery elm seedlings if they land in bare dirt around your place. It's an annual battle for us--pulling elm seedlings out of the garden beds.

    Another anecdote--your link to the medicinal properties mentions soothing toothaches, and I've noticed around here that the new growth on the slippery elms is constantly de-barked by squirrels. Since we live in suburbia, the squirrels also have access to a lot of sugar-containing junk food in the neighbors' garbage cans, and I've always wondered if the squirrels go after the elm bark because eating all that sugar is giving them tooth decay!

  2. Great theory, Jake! [And pretty hilarious, too.] Our seedling battle here is with maple beans. They come up EveryWhere. Every. Where.


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