...come and revel in our most spectacular season!
Weather conditions right up until early autumn can affect the timing and rate at which autumn colour emerges, making it difficult for us to predict when the absolute best time to visit will be.
Luckily, as Westonbirt is home to 15,000 trees, a succession of plants from different areas of the temperate globe burst into a succession of bright, golden or burnished tones meaning there is something to delight the senses throughout the autumn period - from September to November - with peak leaf-peeping time being the month of October.
Here are some of the highlights you can expect to see at different times during autumn...
Things to look out for in September...
- Autumn tints throughout the tree collection
- The sweet aroma of Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) in the air
- The late flowering seven-sun flower (Heptacodium miconioides)
Things to look out for in October...
- Japanese maples (Acer palmatum)
- Downy Japanese maple (Acer japonicum)
- Cappadocian maple (Acer cappadocicum)
- Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
- Members of the walnut (Juglandaceae) family
- Witch hazel (Hamamelidaceae) family
- Stunning deciduous conifers
Things to look out for in November...
- Nikko maple (Acer nikoense)
- Paperbark maple (Acer griseum)
- Small leaved Japanese maple (Acer palmatum subsp. palmatum)
- Native oak (Quercus robur)
- Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
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