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Autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumn is a fabulous time of year at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

Weather conditions right up to early autumn can influence the time and rate of leaf colouring and you can never guess which trees will provide the year’s ‘star turn’.

To keep up to date with the colours at Westonbirt, visit our seasonal autumn colour blog

Autumn 2013

Top 10 things to do at Westonbirt this autumn!

The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt has embarked on a new digital initiative to get people outdoors and enjoying trees this autumn. The #westonbirt10 is a list of the top ten things to do at Westonbirt, compiled by staff to reflect some of the unique experiences visitors most enjoy while at the National Arboretum during autumn. Read more on our news release...

Experts envisage arboretum’s autumnal landscape for 2050

Artist's impression of autumn at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumWith the English climate predicted to become more like that in the Mediterranean, an artist’s impression has been created to illustrate how autumn at the National Arboretum at Westonbirt might look in 2050. Read more about what this means for trees and woodlands on our news release.

Bumper autumn for forest fruits expected as nature puts on a rare show

Hawthorn berriesVisitors to woods and forests are in for a spectacular show of forest fruits this autumn all because of one of nature’s mysterious events known as ‘masting’. To find out more click here.


Highlights to look out for..

Westonbirt's maples

Japanese maple (acer palmatum) on Mitchell Drive. Old Arboretum Westonbirt GloucestershireWestonbirt is renowned during autumn for its wonderful maple collection, around 2,000 specimens and 300 maple cultivars. They provide an absolutely stunning array of autumn colour with Westonbirt’s Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) being particularly well known for their vibrant colour.

Autumn favourites 

ACER JAPONICUM . Leaves of full moon maple in autumn colours . Location: Westonbirt Arboretum , Gloucestershire, England .Some of the first trees to start to show autumn colour are the big full moon maples (Acer japonicum) and The Chinese spindle (Euonymus oxyphyllus). We have over 50 specimens of the Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica) which produces lovely autumn colour as well as the hickories, which have pure yellow foliage.  If your after an autumn aroma then you will need to find the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum), which compliments its autumn colour with a smell described as burnt caramel or candyfloss.

We also have lots of unexplored colour here at Westonbirt. Beech Bank near Waste Drive provides beautiful late autumn colour and Concord Glade holds various species which turn a gorgeous shade of tawny orange. The cherry collection in Silk Wood also has wonderful shows of autumn colour, all just off the beaten track.



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