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.
Here are some highlights to look out for when you visit...
Westonbirt 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.
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 you're 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.
Off the beaten track
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.Last updated: 03/16/2015