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A fine tree in Carshalton. Surrey, by Festival walk. l5m diameter) while that at the Bishops Palace. Ely. Cambridgeshire. 78m diameter). FIGURE 50 fiGURE 51 plane seedling a few weeks after germination. The two seed-leaves are narrow and sickle·shaped. and the first true leaf Is a sImple one. scarcely lobed at all (Xf) Leaf. winter bud and fruit clusters of plane in autumn (Xl). Each flower has become a tiny rounded fruit that will shortly release a single seed. tipped with bristly hairs. The projecting points are the old flower-styles.

Noun ~ flowering branch of Sweet chestnllt in JlIly (x i). &lch slender catkin carries many youps of male flowers: a single male flower is seen above IX2). Clusters of female flowers artse near the base of certain catkins; a Single duster, seen on the left. corulsts of many leafy bracts and three (hidden) flowers. with tufts of styles protruding (XIj). Note the large simple. toothed, leaves. 29 Cory/us avellana . aJ form is shuwnin plate 15. ause very extensIVe coppices. or copses. of hazel were cultivated in many districts to provlde small potes.

And qualifies for a planting grant (see page 53). This is lbpulus tacamahau x tdchocarpa'32' and itwas raised by crossing the Alaskan spedes with another Balsam poplar that grows farther south in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Figure 67 shows the remarkably long female catkins, dark carpels and curiously lobed stigmas, that are typical of the Balsam group. The sticky. fragrant winter buds are dark in colour - blueblack rather than brown. FIGURE 67 Winter twigs and buds of West em BalS

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