A vigorous, medium to large deciduous tree which bears bold, angled dark green leaves, up to 30cm long. The large fox-glove like, pale purple flowers marked with yellow on the insides are produced in autumn, but do not open in large, upright clusters until spring.

Soil: Grows in moist, humus rich fertile soil.

Aspect: Full sun, but sheltered.

Suitable Locations: Parklands, city/urban, gardens.

Other: Needs to be protected from frosts. Very tolerant of atmospheric pollution, coppicing and pollarding.

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