Beeches with a tendency to layer are extremely rare in Scotland. Of the very few specimens known to exist, the finest and largest is that which graces the grounds of Kilravock Castle, Inverness-shire.
Growing in the grounds of Floors Castle, this solitary holly is a living reminder of the untimely end to the reign of King James II.
This valuable population of veteran trees is the surviving remnant of a long-established oak forest dating back many centuries. It now supports an important range of wildlife and lichens.
Thought to be more than 250 years old, and recorded as a huge tree even back in 1881, this colossal silver fir tends to stop people in their tracks.
Reputed to be the oldest example of the species in Scotland, the Newbattle Abbey Sycamore is thought to have been planted around 1550.
Weeping branches radiate out from a solid central trunk and take root where they touch the ground, in this first-class example of one of the few ‘layering’ yews known in Scotland.
Nestling on the peninsula known as the Rhinns of Galloway at the most south westerly tip of the Scottish mainland, a remarkable collection of exotic plants, many from the Southern Hemisphere, flourishes in the benign climate.
Only two examples of so-called ‘pedestal’ larch are known to exist in Scotland, both in Perthshire.