I was out on a walk today and saw this tree in a hedgerow together with others. Can anyone ID this for me from the photos I've attached?
The twig appears to have a bud on the end. If it is a bud then what are the red bulbous protruberences along the twig. The 2 photos of the bark of the tree indicate the varying nature of the tree's bark. Low down near to its base it is ridged (or is it flaky - I couldn't get near to the tree as it was behind barbed wire). Further up where the tree forked at one point the bark has a more grey appearance and seems to have horizontal short 'cracks' as well as vertical markings
Probably wych elm (Ulmus glabra) - based on flower buds, time of flowering, and relative smoothness of bark on immature branches. However, one would like to look at other features to be more confident, especially the shape and toothedness of the leaves.
Thanks Mike. I did wonder if it was an elm from looking in one of my books but couldn't be sure. Perhaps a search for some of last year's leaves might prove useful as you suggested in the other question I posted at about the same time as this one.