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.

2 comments:

  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!

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  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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