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Beautiful shrub with evil thorns

Observed: 5th November 2012 By: helenselwood
close up of thorns
whole "tree" with climbing french bean for scale!
Description:

self-seeded small thorn tree (single stemmed), quite slow-growing in neutral soil on sunny edge of sandstone gravel drive. Leaves roundish, under 10cm long, slightly toothed, ribbed, darkish medium green, quite robust and glossy in summer, bright autumn colours turning redder later. No flowers seen. Long sharp thorns.

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