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We autumn at Westonbirt Arboretum...

...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.

You can see our updates on what's looking good on Instagram and Twitter or visit our Facebook page to find out what to look out for!

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)
Last updated: 11th January 2017


Westonbirt Arboretum

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What's of interest

Autumn events

From photography workshops to fungi forays, family events and 'Awesome Autumn' guided walks, make the most of our spectacular season...

Seasonal trails

Each autumn we create two seasonal trails: one through dog-friendly Silk Wood (allow 2 hours) and one through the Old Arboretum, which is dog-free (allow 1 hour).

Map it!

Use the Westonbirt Interactive Map to find the trees you're looking for!

Useful sites

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.