|ST 15539 76704
|Glamorgan Champion 2013
|17M April 2015
|272cm April 2015
This tree in on the Cowbridge Road border between the south east gate and the disused toilet building.
General tree description for Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group
The Purple sycamore is a cultivar of the Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus. It is a medium to large tree with a spreading crown, usually growing 12 to 25 metres tall. It has pink tinged bark and its characteristic feature is the purple underside of its leaves, which create a colourful effect in a breeze. The leaves are green above and large - up to 18 x 26cm - with five lobes and coarsely uneven toothed margins. Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers appear on hanging stems in mid April after the first leaves. They are followed by v-shaped fruits, green tinged red and 3 to 5.5 cm long, in bunches.
General tree description for Acer pseudoplatanus
Acer pseudoplatanus is a very large tree, up to 40 metres tall in favourable conditions. It has a huge crown and can be broader than tall, with massive low branches. Its bark is pinkish grey and smooth at first, but in maturity becomes cracked with coarse scales. The leaves are dull dark green, five-lobed with many coarse round-tipped teeth. They are about 20cm long and wide, but vary in size and depth of lobing according to age and vigour. In spring there are yellow-green flowers, followed by paired seeds (keys) in bunches, green tinged red.