Mespilus germanica at Roath Brook Gardens

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Mespilus germanica
late August 2015

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Mespilus germanica
early November 2015

Grid reference ST 19519 78080
Common name Medlar
Origin S.E. Europe to Central Asia
Deciduous Yes
Height 3.5M September 2015
Girth 37cm September 2015
Reference 292

This tree is close to the Sandringham Road railings towards the south east end of the Gardens.

Mespilus germanica bark

Mespilus germanica bark
September 2015

Mespilus germanica fruit

Mespilus germanica fruit
late August 2015

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Mespilus germanica fruit
early September 2015

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".