|Grid reference||ST 19519 78080|
|Origin||S.E. Europe to Central Asia|
|Height||3.5M September 2015|
|Girth||37cm September 2015|
This tree is close to the Sandringham Road railings towards the south east end of the Gardens.
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".