Also known as: Lacebark Elm
Botanical name: Ulmus parvifolia
Origin: China, India, Japan, Vietnam
Description: Elms, hickory and ash are all remarkably tough and often used as tool handles, bows and baseball bats. 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.
Chinese elm heartwood ranges in tone from reddish brown to light tan, while the sapwood approaches off-white. Very similar in appearance and a good substitute for Chestnut.