Celtis australis at Roath Brook Gardens

Celtis australis 0

Celtis australis
February 2015

Celtis australis 1

Celtis australis
mid May 2015

Celtis australis 2

Celtis australis
late September 2015

Grid reference ST 19369 78168
Common name Nettle tree
Origin Mediterranean
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Status GB Champion 2013
Height 12M 1990 (John White)
Height 17M February 2015
Girth 179cm 1990 (John White)
Girth 279cm January 2015
Reference 59

This tree is to be found in the far south west corner, opposite Balaclava Road.

Celtis australis bark

Celtis australis bark
February 2015

Celtis australis leaf

Celtis australis leaf
mid May 2015

Celtis australis fruit

Celtis australis fruit
early September 2015

Celtis australis fruit2

Celtis australis fruit
mid May 2016

Celtis australis leaf2

Celtis australis underside of leaves
mid May 2016

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.