"Deciduous trees planted in a single or double row consisting of at least five trees along a road or watercourse".
- Definition of an avenue
The elm is a valued avenue tree where it is grown, among other things, for this very purpose. Otherwise, the elm is of great value because its heartwood has a very good durability under water. It has been used to build boats or for various types of structures for water.
An example of wood's resistance to water is the pipe system of elm that was built in London in the 17th century. When the system was excavated in the 1930s, just over 300 years later, it was completely undamaged.
Properties and use
In addition to its resistance to water, the wood from the elm is heavy, tough and hard and resistant to cracks. Historically, elm wood has been used to construct wagon wheels, wheel hubs, axles and other wheel parts for the wagon, but the wood has also been used to manufacture large mill wheels.
Today, the wood is popular for parquet floors, thresholds, furniture, toys, sports equipment, fine carpentry and tool handles.
When freshly sawn, the wood is yellowish-white, but it darkens over time and then varies from light brown to dark chocolate brown. The annual rings are powerful and clear.
Besides that the very name Alm appeals to us at AlmaForm, we appreciate the elm wood because it is water-resistant, crack-resistant and has very good processing properties. We see a large area of use for the wood.
With the added bonus – it is very beautiful, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful native woods.
Facts & text: Ann-Sophie Gottryder