County Champion

Planted: 1914

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This tree can be found near the centre of the Grass Path, on the south side.

Distribution:Woodland slopes in southern Europe, and south sest Asia
Planting Date:1914 supplied by Plowman and Son, High Street, and Lubenham Hill, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Growth Habit:Medium sized tree with twisting branches and flattish crown.
Bark:Smooth dark grey, sometimes almost black. Buds grey-brown and woolly.
Leaf:Opposite, pinnate to 30 cm long with up to 9 ovate, toothed, taper-pointed leaflets each to 10 cm long. Matt green above and paler with white or brown hairs on veins beneath
Flowers:Showy, frothy, creamy-white 20 cm across, hanging clusters of fragrant, 4-petaled,  6mm flowers which open with leaves, usually in early May.
Fruit:Narrow, oval-winged fruits to 2 cm long with single seed, hang in dense clusters , green at first, ripening to pale brown
Size in 2023:Height 16 m  and  girth 135 cm
Uses:During the flowering season the bark yields a sweet sap which makes a nutritive and gentle tonic for convalescence and used to disguise the taste of other medicines.  It is still used in Southern Italy and Sicily as a mild laxative syrup for children and pregnant women.
Introduction Date:Before 1700
Comments:Planted in British Isles as a street tree and for ornamental value.
This specimen was rated County Champion in April 2023  by David Alderman of ‘The Tree Register‘ on account of its height.