A large deciduous tree with a broadly upright to spreading habit. The young shoots are densely covered with white wool. The leaves, which are covered in white hairs, becoming dark green above are 5 lobed and maple-like on vigorous shoots; while on other shoots they are oval and only shallowly lobed. The leaves turn to orange in autumn. Male and female catkins are borne on separate trees. Male catkins are red, females green, the latter producing masses of fluffy seeds, which are dispersed by the wind in June

Soil: Alkaline soil, well drained but moist.

Aspect: Partial shade.

Suitable Locations: Exposed, coastal sites. Woodlands and large gardens.

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