|Grid reference||ST 19764 77964|
|Common name||Italian alder|
|Status||Wales Champion 2103|
|Height||18M 1988 (R & V Smith)|
|Height||20.5M March 2015|
|Girth||226cm 1988 (R & V Smith)|
|Girth||276cm January 2015|
This tree is on the northern bank of the brook, approximately 80M upstream from the Waterloo Road bridge.
General tree description
Alnus cordata is a medium to large tree that can reach 28 metres tall, with a narrow, leaning shape. It has pale brown-grey bark developing vertical plates with age. The leaves are dark, glossy and heart-shaped (cordate), 4 to 12 cm long, on long stalks and with a finely serrated margin. Male and female flowers (catkins) appear in spring, before the leaves emerge. The male catkins are yellow, up to 12cm long and drooping. The female catkins when they mature in autumn are dark green to brown, ovoid, 3cm long, and woody, resembling small pine cones. The leaves last into early winter and produce no significant autumn colour.