County Champion

Planted: 1922

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This tree can be found at the east end of the Malus Avenue.

County Champion

Introduction Date: circa 1758 Grown in European gardens before it had been described scientifically, supposedly introduced from Siberia.

Distribution:Origin obscure probably Chinese where it is widely naturalised.
Planting Date:1922
Bought from:J Cheal and Sons, Lowfield Nurseries, Crawley
Growth Habit:Small tree to 10 m. Branchlets greyish, robust, with dense, fine hairs when young.
Leaf:Blade is ovate to elliptic, 5 cm to 9 cm by 4 cm to 5 cm, sparsely hairy on veins beneath when young, base cuneate, apex acute to acuminate, margin with small teeth; petiole 1 cm to 5 cm, with dense, fine hairs at first. Inflorescence a 4 to 10-flowered corymb, 4 cm to 8 cm across; pedicels 2 cm to 3.5 cm, finely hairy.
Flowers:Pinkish in bud, but becoming white when they bloom.
Each flower is 4 cm to 5cm across, consisting of 5 white petals, 5 light green sepals that are joined together at the base, about 20 stamens with pale yellow anthers, 4 to 5 styles, and an inferior ovary. The sepals are about 8 mm in length, lanceolate-triangular in shape, and short-pubescent along their outer surfaces.
After the blooming period, withered remnants of the sepals persist on each pome. The floppy pedicels are 2 cm to 5 cm long, light green to pale red, and nearly glabrous.
The flowering period occurs during mid- to late-spring for about 2 weeks.
Fruit:Yellowish or red, ovoid, 2.5 cm to 3 cm diameter.
Tree  height and girth in 2023 Height 9.8 m and girth 106 cm
Uses:Heavy cropper of red or yellow fruit, which tends to be produced in alternate years, but a disease-prone species.
Grown as a rootstock for grafting.
Hard dense wood good for turning.
Anecdotes and CommentsIn 2023 rated County Champion by girth by The Tree Register