The value of elms
In busy shopping streets, along the water and in parks: we need greenery everywhere. Trees are important for cooling hot cities, purifying the air and providing us with shade to relax. Our urban environment, however, doesn’t offer the best conditions for every kind of tree, yet elms have been used for centuries in many cities around the world.
Its beautiful shape, its tolerance to polluted air and its suitability for various soils makes the elm is suitable for urban environments. It is also one of the few trees that can tolerate the salty sea winds of the coast. Under the right conditions, elms can live to be hundreds of years old. Some are even listed as historic living monuments.