Plantwatch: one of world’s rarest trees found near Welsh coast

Plantwatch: one of world’s rarest trees found near Welsh coast

Only 30 Menai whitebeam remain, all in a narrow strip of steep land in a nature reserve

One of the world’s rarest trees grows in north Wales. There are only 30 of the Menai whitebeam left in the world, all growing along a tiny strip of steep coast in a nature reserve by the Menai Strait.

“I was amazed to realise that such a highly threatened tree could be found in the nature reserve not far from our university,” said Julia Jones, a professor of conservation science at Bangor University.

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