Whatever name you use for it, we all recognize the never-ending elm trees that Clyde Tingley bestowed on this state back in the 1950s. Large, twiggy, very messy trees with lots of leaves, copious drifts of seed pods, and a distinct tendency to creep into the plumbing any chance they get. Notoriously hard to kill, and alarmingly easy to propagate, these trees are often cursed as a never-ending battle to recover ground in the yards and gardens of Albuquerque. This is one of the hard elms, so the wood is very durable and shows excellent depth and shine when sanded to a high grit. Prone to birdseyes, but mostly a cool ash brown color, it looks great in rustic or refined projects. For a quick read on Albuquerque's elm trees, read this article from City Forester Joran Viers.