English Champion

Planted: 1917

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This tree is at the western end of the Moat Path, on the south side – near the steps.

Distribution:Endemic to Germany,
Critically endangered in the wild.
Naturalised in the UK, including the Avon Gorge.
Planting Date:1917 from  J Cheal and Sons, Lowfield Nurseries, Crawley
Planted in error for Sorbus domestica
Growth Habit: Round headed on tall straight limbs.
Bark:Grey-brown with warm undertones, smooth with many lenticels at first, developing rugged, superficial, vertical cracking with age.
Leaf:Elliptic to ovate with pointed tip, and toothed. Smooth dark green above, paler and felted beneath turning russet-orange in late autumn.
Flowers:Corymbs of 5-petalled white flowers clustered on short silky-haired stems.
Fruit:Clusters of small 1 cm berries, with persistent calyxes and flecked with tiny white lenticels, ripening from felted green to shining orange-red in Autumn.
Toxicity:Berries are said to be edible, but very sour.
Tree size in April 2023:Height 21 m and girth 189 cm at 0.8 m height
Uses:Decorative tree for parks and gardens.  Berries supply essential food for birds.
Plant Hunter:Unknown
Introduction Date:Unknown
Anecdotes and CommentsAlternative common name: Sharp-toothed Whitebeam. Rated English Champion in April 2023, by The Tree Register, on account of its height.