|Grid reference||ST 17600 77432|
|Common name||Oriental thorn|
|Alternative name||Crataegus laciniata|
|Origin||Asia Minor, Greece and Crimea|
|Status||Wales Champion 2013|
|Height||8M January 2016|
|Girth||123cm January 2016|
This tree is located in the northerly section of the Hawthorn group, near the canal tow path. No thorns were seen on the tree.
General tree description
Crataegus orientalis is a small tree, usually up to about 7 metres tall. It has a neat round or flat head of branches usually on a single vertical stem. Often the branches are thornless. The bark is brown, perhaps with orange-pink tints, and coarsely scaly. The leaves are deeply cut, dark green above and grey underneath, with fine hairs on both sides. There are white flowers in early summer, and in autumn large (18mm) haws, red or yellowish-red and containing five pips.