what tree is this pls

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    flowery prose Member

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    I see these around quite a bit. So many of this species have upper branches that did not leaf out. Also, would the apparent dead branches just be pruned out?

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @flowery prose, good morning IMO it is Ulmus glabra Wych Elm. The dead branches need to be removed. Do a thumb nail test on them first. They should be green under the bark. If they are brown then they are dead.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It is an elm, but not Wych Elm: the leaves are too slender for that, and do not have as unequal base as Wych Elm either. In Calgary, the most likely is Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila, which is widely planted (and naturalised) in central Canada.

    Here's a Wych Elm for comparison:
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Leaves of tree asked about look like they may be too big for Siberian elm.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Perhaps normally, but for sucker regrowth probably OK?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The coarse teeth, acute leaf tips and glossiness aren't very typical of that species either. There are a lot of different elms in North America including various horticultural hybrids that don't fit individual species descriptions. In addition this specimen looks like it froze back, which is something I suspect might not be likely with Siberian elm in that geographic location.
     
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    An elm! Thanks so much. I checked the City's website about elms and it seems to list American Elm and American Elm 'Brandon'. Top Tree Species for Calgary Interesting about possible freeze back. They are all over the place in this condition.
     
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