County Champion

Planted: 1914

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County Champion

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

Distribution:Japan, Taiwan, north-east China and Korea
Planting Date:1914  supplied by W Clibran & Sons, Oldfield Nursery, Altringham, Cheshire.
Appearance:Medium sized tree potentially up to 30 m.
Growth Habit:Short trunk dividing into upright and erect stems, making a broad but light-limbed dome.
Bark:Greyish-brown, smooth bark with lenticels becoming flaky in dappled patches. Exfoliation later, reveals a rusty coloured under-bark in a deckled hammered effect in the mature wood.
Leaf:Alternate, toothed ovate to obovate, slender, long to 12 cm with 6 to 13 pairs. Hairy under only main veins and stalks about 5 mm to 10 mm. Many trees produce occasional sprays of miniature foliage. Good Autumn colour and late leaf fall.
Flowers:Small and inconspicuous male, or hermaphrodite, green flowers  in Spring.
Fruit:Tiny green, ovate, wingless drupes form along the twigs and ripen from green to brown through Summer to Autumn
 Tree Size in 2023:Height 21 m and girth 303 cm  (at 0.5 m height)
Uses:Widely used, untreated, in the building of key buildings, such as temples. Resilient against Dutch Elm Disease and recently planted as a street tree in New York City.
Often used as a bonsai subject.
Plant Hunter:First cultivation outside Asia was by Philipp Franz Von Siebold who introduced it to the Netherlands in 1830.
Introduction Date:Recognised introduction to England in 1862
Anecdotes and Comments:In 1951 the Hillier Nurseries supplied a 2 tonne specimen with a 10 m spread to the Festival of Britain, on the South Bank.

Rated County Champion by The Tree Register in April 2023, on account of its height and girth.