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210 feet Oriental plane as big as football pitch is 'most spreading' tree in UK


June 8, 2011 - London

A tree as big as the size of a football pitch has been identified as the "most spreading" tree in the UK.

The Oriental plane has an average spread of 210 feet and is so vast that its lowest branches rest on the ground and some have taken root.

It has been identified in a study by the Tree Register of the British Isles as the country's vastest tree.

The research included 200,000 of the UK's most "superlative" trees. The Oriental plane has been singled out as having the "largest single spread".

"Several trees rest their branches on the ground, but it's the most impressive of these and it's the most spreading tree that we know of," The BBC quoted Owen Johnson, registrar at the Tree Register, as saying.

"It extends in each direction with branches like elephant trunks snaking across the ground - it's a very confusing tree," Johnson added.

Originating in the Middle East, the plane was planted as a specimen at the privately owned stately home.

ANI

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