Description: A medium sized or large tree. Leaf commonly has 5 -7 palmate lobes, all distinctly longer than wide. Some forms have fairly rigid leaf blades with the lobe tips and teeth pointing upwards. Fruits are borne in groups of 2-6, commonly 4 on a stem, borne on short lateral growths.
Wood used for small boxes ,trays, and similar articles which are lacquered and painted; also used for cabinet –making, furniture, veneers, carving, coach-building and general turnery and for wood pulp; suitable for boot lasts. A fabric dye is obtained from the branches and roots.
Bark antiscorbutic and antirheumatic; boiled in vinegar used in diarrhoea and dysentery. The bark is boiled in vinegar and then used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, hernias and toothache.
The leaves are astringent and vulnerary. The fresh leaves are bruised and applied to the eyes in the treatment of ophthalmia. A decoction is used to treat dysentery and a cream made from the leaves is used to heal wounds and chilblains.The leaves are harvested in the spring and summer and can be dried for later use.