Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumnal highlights: Prepare to stop at the traffic light tree

Posted: October 27, 2012 at 14:38 pm Author: Caroline Bennett

As part of Westonbirt's activities for families this October, Caroline Bennett from our Learning and Participation Team has created a trail of autumnal highlights which will run from 29 October - 2 November. Here are some of the fascinating facts she has researched...

Persian Ironwood

Related to the Witch Hazels and native to Northern Iran, the beautiful Persian Ironwood provides incredible colour in autumn.

Nicknamed “The Traffic Light Tree”, Persian Ironwoods leaves can be green, amber and red all at the same time.

But don’t allow all the colourful leaves let you miss the incredible bark of this tree. It is also multicoloured, flaking like Plane tree bark to reveal pinks, greens and yellows on a background of warm brown. This bark continues to provide colour and texture within our picturesque landscape when autumn leaves have finished falling.

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