Pterostyrax hispida at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Pterostyrax hispida
early May 2015

Pterostyrax hispida 1

Pterostyrax hispida
early June 2015

Grid reference ST 18511 79210
Common name Epaulette tree
Origin China and Japan
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Status Wales Champion 2013
Height 10M May 2014
Girth 124cm May 2015
Reference 208

This tree is on the western side of the brook immediately beside the northern-most bridge.

Pterostyrax hispida bark

Pterostyrax hispida bark
May 2015

Pterostyrax hispida leaf

Pterostyrax hispida leaf
early June 2015

Pterostyrax hispida flower

Pterostyrax hispida flowers
early June 2015

Pterostyrax hispida foliage

Pterostyrax hispida autumn foliage
mid October 2015

General tree description

Pterstyrax hispida can grow to 15 metres in its natural habitat but is usually much less in cultivation. Its leaves are ovate, 7 to 17cm in length, dark green in spring and summer, turning yellow in autumn. It has drooping clusters of small (8 to 10mm), fragrant white flowers that resemble epaulettes. These appear in early to mid summer and are followed by small (1cm) spindle-shaped fruits covered with light brown hairs.