The leaves are oblong to ovate and up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long. The leaf base is asymmetric and the leaf edge is double-serrated. The leaf arrangement is alternate.
The flowers are small and brownish-purple.
The fruits are flat, winged nutlets that are about 2 cm (0.8 in) long.
This elm is a high quality Nutzbaum. The wood is often used as a timber, as it is very hard and the furniture industry uses it because of the beautiful grain.