The leaves of European white elm are ovate, have an asymmetrical leaf base and are up to 7 cm (2.8 in) long and up to 7 cm (2.8 in) broad. The petiole is short. The leaf margin is double serrated.
The flowers are green-violet to purple. The flower appears before the leaf shoots.
The fruits are roundish samaras. The seed is located in the middle.
The branches of the elm are olive brown. The buds are brown, egg-shaped and protruding.
single tree or planting in groups, parks, urban green, riverbank area, floodplains