The closest specimen of my herbal ally lies about 10 feet away from the bottom of my back garden. At this time of year it is completely bare, no leaves or fruit remain from last year. As I write small buds are just starting to show early signs of life. The bark is a grey/silver and the tree looks beautiful with it's spidery branches reaching upwards towards the sky. This tree is well established and hugs the border between the field and it's dry stone wall boundary.