Slippery elm trees, also known as red elm, are tall trees native to North America. The slippery elm’s most defining characteristic is its slippery inner bark which has medicinal properties. Growing slippery elms is not very difficult. The process involves air drying the seeds for several days, sowing them, and then transplanting the seedlings into larger containers as they grow.
- Slippery elm, also called red elm, is a tall tree indigenous to this continent with lovely arching branches. These elms can live for 200 years.
- Native Americans used the elms’ bark for home building, cordage and creating storage baskets. However, its best known use involved scraping the inner bark to use for medicine.
- Growing slippery elm trees isn’t very difficult. Gather slippery elm samaras in spring when they are ripe. Air-dry the seeds for several days, then sow them.
“Slippery elm has been used in herbal medicine in this country for centuries.”