The leaves of the Lacebark Elm are 3/4″ to 2 1/2″ long with an asymmetrical shape and base. They are a lustrous dark green and turn yellow in the fall.
Twig and Bud Identification
The twigs are light green maturing to brown, and are pubescent, as are the leaf petioles (leafstalks). The buds are football-shaped with light brown scales.
The Lacebark Elm has exfoliating, mottled bark. It is dotted with orange-brown, especially along scale lines.
The fruit of the Lacebark Elm is a samara (winged papery seed cover), which matures in the fall to a brown color.
The flowers of the Lacebark Elm are inconspicuous and red-green. The Lacebark Elm is monoecious (both male and female flowers on the same tree), and the flowers directly precede the samaras, appearing in summer or early fall.