|U. bergmanniana leaf|
The tree is very closely related to the wych elm Ulmus glabra; it can reach a height of 26 metres (85 ft) with a wide-spreading crown, and a trunk of about 0.9 m d.b.h. The bark is longitudinally fissured, and varies in colour from greyish-white to dark grey. The pubescent leaves range from obovate to elliptic, less than 16 cm (6.3 in) long, and bluish-green in colour. The perfect, wind-pollinated apetalous flowers are produced on second-year shoots in February, followed by generally obovate samarae <30 mm long by 14 mm width, the centre of the seed about 7 mm from the slightly notched apex. Branchlets do not possess the corky wings characteristic of many other elm species.
Pests and diseases
U. bergmanniana has a moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease; in trials  in Oklahoma it was also found to be eschewed by the elm leaf beetle Xanthogaleruca luteola , but further north at the Morton Arboretum was moderately to highly preferred by the insect. The species is also susceptible to the elm leafminer.
The tree was introduced to the West in 1900. In trials in the USA it was found to propagate well, and also proved to be very winter hardy. The tree was one of 12 Chinese species under evaluation at the Morton Arboretum, Illinois, in 2009 by the late Dr George Ware.  There are no known cultivars of this taxon, nor is it known to be in commerce beyond the USA.
Subspecies & varieties
- North America
- Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, Iowa. No accession details available.
- Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois. Planted in West Collections Area.
- Denver Botanic Gardens, (no acc. no. available).
- Morton Arboretum, acc. no. 44-95. Obtained from Yunnan Province, China.
- U S National Arboretum , Washington, D.C., United States. Acc. nos. 68997, 76216, 76217, 76242, 68977.
- Grange Farm Arboretum, Sutton St James, Spalding, Lincolnshire, UK, acc. no. 507
- Wijdemeren City Council, Netherlands, Elm collection. Planted 2013 Smeerdijkgaarde, Kortenhoef.
- North America
- "Ulmus bergmanniana_EOL".
- Fu, L., Xin, Y. & Whittemore, A. (2002). Ulmaceae, in Wu, Z. & Raven, P. (eds) Flora of China, Vol. 5 (Ulmaceae through Basellaceae). Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, USA. ISBN 1930723407 
- White, J. & More, D. (2003). Trees of Britain & Northern Europe. Cassell's, London. ISBN 0304361925
- Grimshaw, J. & Bayton, R. (2009). New Trees - Recent Introductions to Cultivation. RBG Kew, London. ISBN 978-1-84246-173-0
- Dirr, M. (2009). 'Future Tree Selections'. Western, Spring 2009, p.8. Western Nursery & Landscape Association, St Joseph, Missouri.
- Schneider, C.K. (1906-1912). Illustriertes Handbuch der Laubholzkunde. Vol.2. p.902. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena.