Spring is a beautiful time at Westonbirt – when colour brings the arboretum to life through bold blooms, gentle wildflowers and fresh leaves.
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More colours, less crowds this spring at Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt may be known for its dazzling leaf colour during autumn, but this spring its team will be encouraging visitors to enjoy the wide spectrum of colours that its flowering trees and shrubs have to offer from March to May, through a range of events and trails.
Five signs that spring is arriving at Westonbirt Arboretum...
Spring is starting to stir at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, as nature gets ready to bring an explosion of colour to the stunning Victorian-designed landscape.
Highlights to look out for…
As February turns to March visitors will see the first flowering of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, with a wonderful array of colours and smells in Savill Glade in the Old Arboretum.
Our magnolias are another spring beauty to look out for. Flowering from March and including our stunning Magnolia campbellii and Magnolia sprengeri var sprengeri 'Westonbirt Diva' near Savill Glade - a 'champion' and therefore the largest of its kind in the British Isles.
By mid-April, flowering should be in full swing with displays from some of Westonbirt's signature rhododendrons, including Rhododendron williamsianum with its unusual heart shaped leaves and a mass of pink bell-shaped flowers.
In Silk Wood, spring sees carpets of wildflowers including celandines, bluebells, wood anemones and primroses. The arboretum’s semi-natural, ancient woodland area is an impressive sight paired with the freshness of new foliage of our native trees, it is a sight not to be forgotten.
Early flowering cherries also begin to bloom at this time, among them our spectacular Prunus sargentii. If you are looking to immerse yourself in cherry blooms and scents, the Cherry Collection in Silk Wood is the place to go.
In late April to early May the glades are flooded with a sea of bluebells and in Maple Loop, the new foliage on the Japanese maples open in an astonishing array of bright colours.