The fruit of the elm

The fruit of the elm

Appearance and shape of the elm fruits

  • Type of fruit: nut fruit
  • surrounded by an oval, membranous wing, called a samara
  • about 1.6-2.3 cm tall (field elm has significantly smaller fruits)
  • in many species arranged in clusters

Fruit ripeness and characteristics of the elm fruits

The elm develops its fruits in the months from May to June. In doing so, it also develops a seed that appears in the middle or on the edge of the fruit, depending on the type of elm (see below). However, this seed is not released immediately, as is common with other tree species. It lingers in the fruit shell for a long time.

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Spreading and germination of the seeds

The reason for the long preservation of the seed is its very short germination capacity. They are spread by the wind, but become ineffective after just a few days. However, if you land in a convenient location, you will start within two to three weeks. This is also the reason why elms are mainly propagated through grafting.

Different storage of the seeds

Did you know that if you look closely, you can recognize the three elm species native to Europe based on the position of the seed on the fruit?

  • the seed of the mountain elm is in the middle of the wing
  • with the field elm it is outside
  • the white elm, however, has fine hairs on the edge of the wing

Are the fruits of the elm edible?

Elms are non-toxic, so you can eat all of their ingredients, including fruit. In traditional Chinese medicine, small nuts have been of great importance for many years. Do you often feel unable to cope with a challenge, suffer from stress and fear of failure? Then the elm Bach Flower No. 11 remedy will help you naturally alleviate your worries.