Cambridge 2000: Trinity College: Fellows' Garden

Description: Trinity College: Fellows' Garden: beech and medlar trees
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Date photograph taken: 01 Jan 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

This fern-leaved (or fernleaf) beech tree (Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia' or 'Heterophylla'), centre and left in the picture, is one of the most beautiful trees in Cambridge, in spring, summer, autumn and winter (especially in snow). Next to, dwarfed by and south of it, to the right in the picture, is a fine specimen of medlar (Mespilus germanica). The medlar is native to southern Europe and this far north the fruits do not ripen properly and cannot be picked until November after a frost has made them almost rotten. This particular medlar is very productive and the fruits are served up at dessert after dinner at High Table in Trinity.

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