We have a more common Elm (Ulmus minor) but this do not grow that tall, and usually in more shady / humid places, such as along Wied il-Luq, Buskett.
Also be aware of hybrids between different species of elms, though yours looks to me to be U. glabra.
many Elms were introduced by the Brittish and have 'spoiled' the native genetic pool.
This tree is considered an alien species with the following threats:
1 competition for resources
3 Hybridisation with native taxa
4 Introduction of new diseases or parasitic.
(I am quoting from http://www.mepa.org.mt/environment/publ ... ap-bio.pdf )
On the other hand though, it is afforded the greatest degree of protection (Schedule 1) of LN 12/2001 !! (http://www.mepa.org.mt/environment/legi ... 2001_E.pdf)
Can someone enlighten me!?
From LN12, the species of Elms which are protected are
Ulmus canescens [=Ulmus minor ssp. canescens]
Ulmus minor [=Ulmus minor ssp. minor]
Ulmus minor s.l. are the native ones though I do not know anything about U. procera.
Re ID, the specimens of U. minor that I have seen are small trees less than 6m (hence my suggestion on U. glabra), though U. minor is reported to grow 30m - 35m on the www, so could be the common species afterall