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'Dissectum'

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clone
Organism arising via vegetative or asexual reproduction.

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Leaves slit back to the stalk into three lobes, the basal pair often cut again almost as deeply, and all the lobes divided into secondary lobes with long drawn-out points. A small, bushy tree. Introduced by Knight and Perry from Belgium in 1845 but no tree that can with any certainty be ascribed to this clone has been traced. Von Schwerin (Gartenflora, Vol. 42, 1893, p. 586) adds that the young wood is brown, the unfolding leaves brownish, later dark green. Another tree with the same shape of leaf is ‘Lorbergii’, put into commerce by Van Houtte around 1881. This makes a taller tree to 60 or 70 ft and according to Von Schwerin (op. cit.) also differs from ‘Dissectum’ in its yellowish young wood and in its lighter green leaves, with the tips of the lobes standing out from the plane of the leaf. There is an example of ‘Lorbergii’ at Westonbirt, in Silkwood.

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