Technical species specifications for Chinese Elm from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.

Chinese Elm

  • Scientific Name, Other Names: Lacebark Elm, Drake Elm, Ulmus parvifolia
  • Description: Chinese Elm is considered the hardest of the elms. Owing to its superior hardness, toughness and resistance to splitting, Chinese Elm is said to be the best of all woods for chisel handles and similar uses. Owing to its versatility and ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures, light, and humidity conditions, Chinese Elm is a popular choice as a bonsai species, and is perhaps the single most widely available. It is considered a good choice for beginners because of it high tolerance of pruning.
  • Janka Hardness: 1,100 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 0 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 0 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 0
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 0.0 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 0.0 %
  • About:
  • Family: Ulmaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Chinese Elm can grow over 3 feet per year to reach 60-80 feet in height.
  • Geographic Area: The Chinese Elm is native to China, Korea, and Japan
  • Color: Chinese Elm heartwood ranges in tone from reddish brown to light tan or flesh colored, while Chinese Elm sapwood approaches off-white.
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  • Grain: The Chinese Elm grain is often handsome and dramatic.
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  • Working Characteristics: Chinese Elm turns easily and will take a nice polish off the lathe without any finish. Chinese Elm holds detail well but is usually considered too tough for carving or hand tools. Chinese Elm contains silica which is hard on planer knives and chainsaws, but it sands fairly well. Chinese Elm is a water resistant wood but easily takes most finishes and stains.
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  • Applications: Chinese Elm lumber is used most for hardwood flooring, furniture, cabinets and veneers as well as speciality uses such as long bow construction and tool handles.

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