The drake elm (also called Chinese elm or lacebark elm) is a quick-growing elm tree that naturally develops a dense, rounded, umbrella shaped canopy. Native to eastern Asia, including China, India, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, and Vietnam; it has been described as "one of the most splendid elms, having poise and grace.
Introduced to Europe at the end of the 18th century as an ornamental; it is found in many botanical gardens and arboreta. In the United States, it appeared in the middle of the 19th century, and has proved very popular in recent years as a replacement for American elms killed by Dutch elm disease.
Drake Elm heartwood ranges in tone from reddish brown to light tan or flesh colored, while the sapwood approaches off-white. The grain is often handsome and dramatic; perfect for turning interesting #JumboYarnBowls. Unlike other Elms, freshly cut Drake Elm has a peppery or spicy odor. It turns easily, takes a nice polish off the lathe without any finish, and holds detail well.