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Oct 19, 2015

Wonderful Autumn Colour

In this mellow and relatively early autumn there are some fantastic displays of colour slowly developing. The home page image shows Liquidamber styraciflua 'Worplesdon', a sweet gum that is planted significantly for its stunning autumn colour; the leaves turn scarlet red and then to a deep claret colour before they finally fall from the tree, and this effect lasts for two to three weeks. This large tree with its deeply lobed bright green leaves in the spring is certainly a good choice for a statement specimen tree.

A couple of splended autumn coloured birches are shown below: Betula maximowizciana (left), with its clear yellow autumn foliage this species is rare in the UK; Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' is a favourite on the nursery at this time of year and always gives a splendid display in the autumn. The stem is a rich cream colour with cinammon young branches.

But best of all visit the nursery now to view the arboretum and stock beds and form your plans for future planting. 

Betula maximowicziana

Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill'