🌸 Special Mother's Day game! 🌸

Elm burl, a growth of the tree

texture of the elm burl

Elm burl is unique in that it is distinguished from other woods by the sinuous and intertwined veins in the wood, reminding us of marble.

Elm burl has many knots, lines and contrasting shades in the wood.

Elm burl can be made from all species of elm, such as country elm, Siberian elm and mountain elm. Indeed, on each species of elm, burr can be formed.

Elm burr technical data sheet

You will find all the necessary information to help you understand and use the elm burl. We have gathered the characteristics, specifications and information of this exceptional wood.


Common name

Elm burl


Outgrowth of the trunk or branches of the tree.


See full description here.

Diameter of the burr

From a few centimeters to more than a meter in diameter. The larger the burl, the rarer and more valuable it is.

The size of the burl will also depend on the size of the tree on which it grows.


Hard and moisture resistant wood.

Availability of elm burl


Price of the elm burl


Elm burl description

Take a closer look at the characteristics and uses of elm burl, as well as its different varieties and benefits as a building and decorative material.

Where to find elm burl in the world

world map of the origin of elm wood

Elm burls grow naturally on elm trees. Therefore, they can come from different parts of the world. Elms grow in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. Elms can be found in many countries, including North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.
In Europe, elms are found in France, Spain, Italy and Great Britain. In the United States, elms are common in the Midwest and Eastern regions, while in Asia, elms can be found in China, Korea and Japan.
Elm burrs can therefore come from Europe, China or North America.

The visual aspect of the elm burr

texture of elm burl

The color of the elm burr is not the same according to the species from which it comes but also according to certain factors like

  • Age of the tree
  • Place where the tree has grown
  • Environmental and climatic conditions

Generally speaking, elm burls have a yellowish brown to reddish brown color with darker markings. However, there are also elm burls that are lighter or darker in color depending on natural variations in the wood. Elm burls can have rotating patterns and stain or dent patterns, which can add additional visual interest to these unique pieces of wood.

Elm burl: unique and original creations

table made with elm burl

Elm burl wood is hard, strong, elastic, durable and highly resistant to moisture.

Today, elm burl remains a highly sought after wood species for luxury furniture, flooring, decorative objects and sculptures because of its natural beauty and durable quality.

Elm burl is also highly sought after for the creation of tables with epoxy resin.

At Kuksa Shop, we use elm burl to create wooden cups.

The birth of a burr on a tree

Elm burl

First of all, it is important to know that there are several terms to define the burl: burl or magnifying glass.

A burl is a growth of wood that appears on the trunk or branches of a tree. To explain it simply, it is a ball that forms on the outer surface of the tree.

There are several explanations for the appearance of burrs on a tree:

  • Insect bite
  • Injury or infectious disease of the tree
  • Environmental stress: lack of nutrients, lack of water, sudden change in temperature, etc.

The elm burl, a comparison between the English elm burl and the European elm burl

Compare the textures and patterns of European and English elm burl to find the variety that will best suit your wood project.

Country Elm burl


Common Name

Field elm

Scientific Name

Ulmus campestris


Central and Southern Europe and North Africa

Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco

Carpathian elm burr


Country Elm burl Common Name

English elm burl

Scientific Name

Ulmus procera


Western Europe

Carpathian Mountains

The natural beauty of elm burl wood in pictures

A collection of carefully selected images to inspire you and arouse your curiosity.

trunk of an elm seen from below
animal in the trunk of an elm
elm burr wood cup
elm burl
burr wood and ivy
wood texture of the elm burr
Are you interested in the world of wood? 🌳

Discover the incredible versatility of wood through various species and the world of woodworking. By subscribing, you'll receive information on wood and wood species once a week.

Discover other wood species

A varied selection of woods highlighting the beauty and diversity of wood species around the world.

🌸Mother's Day game🌸

This year, we're offering one lucky person the chance to win a beautiful kuksa, a handmade wooden cup made in Finland, with a capacity of 12 cl.



We and selected third parties use cookies or similar technologies for technical purposes and, with your consent, for experience, measurement and marketing.