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Blog - Winter

Tree of the month: Oriental spruce

Native to the Caucasus and the Pontic Mountains of northeastern Turkey, this month's tree of the month is among the most attractive spruces, with a dense form with short branches.

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Escape the hustle and bustle this December

Westonbirt Arboretum is beautiful to visit at any time of year, but it is especially peaceful in December. It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and enjoy a magical winter day out.

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Grazing on The Downs

How do the cows help out the flora and fauna at Westonbirt? Read our blog to find out...

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Winter seasonal highlights

A walk through Westonbirt is a sensory delight whatever the season, whatever the weather. After the colourful joys of autumn, winter has its own treats to share albeit more subtle; check out these winter tree highlights.

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Winter highlight: Scots pine

The Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) was voted the national tree of Scotland in 2014 and is a member of the Pinaceae family, a conifer native to northern Europe.

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Winter highlight: Incense cedar

Our December tree of the month is the Incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens), one of the most fire and drought-tolerant plants from California.

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