this is a tree in a park in Hong Kong. All the trees around it have their species labelled, but unfortunately this one does not. Please can anyone identify it?
It's a Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia), distinctive from its height, inverted pyramid shape, spotty bark and large leaves. The bark is almost like a beech, smooth. I can see why you might think it was an elm, the vase shape is somewhat similar. This type of tree can grow to 120 feet, superb flowers (if you can see them at that altitude) and useful hard wood.