In an old photo, the newly planted tree can be seen encased by metal railings set into a curving stone base. Part of the stone base is still visible below the tree, on the grass below the new Library, the railings probably removed during the Second World War. The tree appears to stand nearer to the Methodist Church in the old photo but is today just outside the modern boundary wall that now incorporates the old Hearse House within the garden of Church House.
The old photo is paired with a recent one taken from the same location on the Past & Present page.
Compared to the surrounding trees, its early spring leaf colour is a bright yellow-green and the pale green colour is maintained in summer although much less distinctive. The variety is said to have been developed in Germany around 1879, but is now usurped by variagated and more colourful forms.