A large, broadly columnar deciduous tree with a spreading or rounded crown. It bears glossy dark green, blue-green beneath, heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges, turning yellow in autumn. The leaves are hairless apart from the identifying tuft of brown hairs on the leaf vein axil. Small, fragrant creamy-white flowers are borne in spreading clusters in summer. The flowers develop into hanging groups of small, round fruits. Above the cluster is a single ‘wing’ which aids the seeds distribution by wind.

Soil: Well drained, moist alkaline or neutral soil.

Aspect: Full sun.

Suitable Locations: Parks, urban/city areas, countryside/farmland. Can be used for pleaching, pollarding and coppicing.

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