Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

April Fool

Posted: April 2, 2017 at 18:14 pm

Alright, we confess… there is no magnolia with multi-coloured leaves here at Westonbirt.

But we hope you all enjoyed our April Fool! Well-spotted to everyone who figured it out!

While it may not have multi-coloured leaves, the Magnolia maudiae (or the smiling monkey tree, as it is sometimes referred to) is a very real tree, and can be found growing with many of our other stunning magnolias in Savill Glade. You’ll recognise it from its beautiful fragrant ivory flowers (which will appear in early April) and its silvery green leaves.

Find out more about the smiling monkey tree and the other magnificent magnolias we have here at Westonbirt.