May 11, 2011

English Elm in the Tree Year, part 2

The mature English elm at the northwest corner of Washington Square Park is in full leaf.

The seeds are almost gone - dispersed by wind and squirrels and birds.  Though "[t]he wildlife value of elms is low as compared with oaks, maples, and dogwoods," elm seeds and buds "are used considerably by songbirds and gamebirds as well as squirrels," writes Martin, Zim, and Nelson (1951) in American Wildlife & Plants: A Guide to Wildlife Food Habits.

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