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Dendrologist Dan's spring stunners!

Posted: March 4, 2014 at 16:43 pm Author: Dan Crowley

Spring is springing here at Westonbirt, with our trees waking up (some before others!) and providing us with spectacular floral and foliage displays for all to enjoy.

For the next thirteen weeks I will be bringing you news of what has been catching my eye and what to look out for among the many colours in the collection at this exciting time of year.

Looking fantastic in the Old Arboretum just now is our one and only Sorbus megalocarpa. Having burst its buds a few weeks ago, The pinky coloured fresh foliage is enlarging beautifully, with the flowers not far behind.

Sorbus megalocarpa

A favourite of many of ours, it is always one to look out for. Native to China and introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1903, it puts on a show in both spring and autumn (as followers of the blog will know!) - and the species would certainly make a great addition to any garden.