Deciduous, from Europe.
Elms are a very common exotic tree throughout New Zealand.
Elms are a widespread genus, with 30-40 species in Europe, North America and Asia. They are familiar trees in European cities, so were planted here for nostalgic reasons.
The trees grow to 40m tall.
Dutch elm disease, caused by a micro-fungus transmitted by beetles, arrived in here in 1989. Auckland’s 17,000 trees are all vulnerable. Many have been destroyed by it already.
Tough elm wood is perfect for longbows. Hollow logs were used as waterpipes in medieval Europe.