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Spring Colour Watch Blog, cherries in Silk Wood

Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:07 am Author: Katrina Podlewska

Japanese cherry

Take a detour from Silk Wood’s spring seasonal trail stops along Palmer Ride or The Link, and you can check the progress of the Cherry Collection. Buds can be found on most of the trees here – some are already in bloom but the full show will be seen as we go into April.

Looking good at the moment are the cherry plum cv, Japanese cherry, Yoshino cherry and Prunus subhirtella stellata.

Cherry plumJapanese cherryYoshino CherryPrunus subhirtella

The cherry plum provides an added palette of colour with its rusty red leaves. Many of the flowers on this specimen have already blossomed, but a few dainty light pink ones remain amongst the coloured leaves.

Lots of buds are still to open, so the Cherry Collection has plenty to offer for a while yet. You can find out more about Westonbirt Arboretum’s cherries on the Forestry Commission website.

Keep an eye on the Westonbirt Facebook page for regular updates on Westonbirt's spring colour throughout both Silk Wood and the Old Arboretum. This week, tiny woodland wildflowers and the first of the bluebells are starting to appear - dainty gems amongst the shade.

Wood sorrellPurple anemonesBluebellsAnemones

Don't forget that Westonbirt Arboretum is offering half price admissions every Wednesday in April and May, so you can visit for £4 adults, £3.50 concessions and £1.50 child admission. There will be guided walks on Wednesdays at 11am so you can see the best of spring colour with our knowledgeable volunteer guides.

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