ovoid, bottom half deeply incised, dark green, 8 - 15 cm
white, in umbels with felt-like hairs, Ø 10 cm, May
red, spherical, up to 1.5 cm Ø
park, avenue and street tree
makes few demands, can grow on poor soils
Gibbs, Aldenham, England, 1924
In comparison to the species 'Gibbsii' has branches that ascend at an angle, eventually causing a dense spherical crown to form. The smooth grey trunk is somewhat grooved at the base and the olive-green twigs bear lenticels. Older twigs turn a chocolate brown. The bottom half of the ovoid leaves is pinnate with 2 - 4 pairs of leaflets, while the upper half is lobed. The upper side of the leaves is matt dark green; the underside is greyish-white with hairs. The abundant white flowers emerge in May in umbels measuring approx. 10 cm. The remarkably large fruits emerge from August onwards; they turn from green to coral red. They remain in the tree for a long time. 'Gibbsii' is a vigorous grower and is practically insensitive to bacterial fire blight. Is reasonably resistant to hard surfaces.