|Grid reference||ST 19369 78168|
|Common name||Nettle tree|
|Status||GB Champion 2013|
|Height||12M 1990 (John White)|
|Height||17M February 2015|
|Girth||179cm 1990 (John White)|
|Girth||279cm January 2015|
This tree is to be found in the far south west corner, opposite Balaclava Road.
General tree description
Celtis australis can grow to heights of 25 metres in its natural habitat, but less in Britain, where around 14 metres is more likely. It has a rounded crown and smooth, grey, horizontally wrinkled bark. The leaves are coarsely toothed, 5 to 9cm ovate-lanceolate, rough to the touch on top. They are dark grey/green, fading to a pale yellow before falling in autumn. The flowers appear in April, small and green, either single or in small clusters. The fruit is a 12mm berry-like drupe that hangs in short clusters and ripens in October to dark purplish brown or black.