Gilbert, When I constructed my hugelbeets two years ago, I used some freshly cut Siberian (aka Chinese) elm in the beds. It does not die from Dutch Elm disease, but has other issues that make it less desirable as a tree. Siberian elm should not be confused with Chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia), sometimes called lacebark elm because its exfoliating bark forms a patchwork of grey, green, brown and orange. These grain patterns range from small knots with feathery lines to heavily burled, which are much more visible once stain or finish is applied. Siberian Elm can be good wood! Yet elm's beautiful wood grain also has fine furniture possibilities. All of the elms are somewhat unstable in that they tend to cup and twist in unpredictable ways, probably due more to their interlocked … Siberian elm was brought in to replace dying American elm trees. Siberian elm is known for its wild and irregular grain patterns. Introduced to the United States in the middle 1800s, Siberian elm pays for its fast growth with brittle wood that is subject to storm damage. It is a much more suitable landscaping tree than Siberian elm. When in contact with water, elm resists decay, so many boatbuilders use it for planking. The leaves alternate and are elliptical in shape with a pointed tip. Its large limbs are subject to splitting from the crotches of older trees. Workability: It should be dried slowly so that the wood doesn’t split. Chinese elm was also introduced from Asia, but has not been as widely planted. Avoid natural bends and curves since they will create even more movement areas. The wood was commonly used to build wagon wheels and chair seats. Identification: Siberian elm is a large fast-growing deciduous tree, reaching up to 50’ tall with a vase-shaped to rounded crown up to 40’ wide at maturity. Siberian Elm trees are resistant to Dutch Elm disease. It’s about how good the tree was before milling - only mill large straight logs. The most basic division of elm species is between hard and soft elm. Uses: The attractive interlocking grain makes it an ideal wood for making fine furniture and flooring. Siberian Elm heartwood is medium brown with a reddish cast. Siberian is mostly heartwood and is generally medium brown. I didn't see any overt evidence that the wood ( large rounds logs, branches with dried leaves and twigs, or few leaves) involved were alleopathic at all. Elm works well, too, for butcher block tops and cutting boards because it has no odor or taste, and it won't split. Sapwood can be minimal or appear as large yellow bands. Return from Elm Firewood to Firewood Types. It can be much shorter and shrubbier under difficult growing conditions. It is brittle and will easily break in storms and it is often tormented by other issues … Return from Elm Firewood to Firewood Home Page. 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