|Grid reference||ST 17580 77382|
|Origin||S.E. Europe to Central Asia|
|Height||4.5M May 2016|
|Girth||55cm May 2016|
This tree is located slightly north of the centre of the Hawthorn group, close to the foot path.
General tree description
Mespilus germanica can grow up to 6 metres in height with a wide-spreading form. It has scaly, grey-brown bark and spiny, twisted branches. The leaves are oblong to lanceolate and large, up to 15cm, dull green and with dense hairs underneath. They turn russet in autumn. Large white flowers appear in May and June followed by brown fruits. These are pear-shaped or globular, 2 to 3cm across. This tree is not common and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional", meaning "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".