Beales Arboretum Autumn 2018

Friday, January 11, 2019

This is a strange year for the thousands of trees in the Beale Arboretum.

As I write on the 8th October, there has been barely any rain for months and months, and the trees have suffered the longest and hottest summer since records began.

Acer saccharum ‘Newton Sentry’ and Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’

The ground is heavy Thames clay which is cracked, and the little rain has barely penetrated the surface.

Despite this, and despite the brown lawns this summer, the trees are in remarkably fine form, and we have barely lost any trees thanks to the intensive watering programme of the gardens team of Paul and Andrew.

Only the more ericaceous shrubs like rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias have suffered particularly badly from the hot dry conditions.

The first photo shows Acer saccharum ‘Newton Sentry’ in the foreground and Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Blaze’ in the background – both stunning early autumn trees.

Decaisnea fargesii

The second photo shows Decaisnea fargesii, more commonly known as the Blue Sausage Tree – this unusual leguminous tree has these bright blue seed pods, apparently edible!

Eucalyptus viminalis

The third photo is of Eucalyptus viminalis, just 20 years old but already a County Champion tree for Greater London. It is currently in its autumnal shedding mode, when great strips of bark fall off.

Nyssa sylvatica

The fourth photo is of one of the best autumn trees, Nyssa sylvatica or the Tupelo tree, not very well known in the UK, but what beautiful glossy foliage, and so many different colours

Morus nigra, and Morus alba

Our two mulberry trees, Morus nigra, and Morus alba are stunning at this time of year and are shown in the fifth photo.

Liquidambar styraciflua

And finally the stunning Liquidambar styraciflua trees lakeside are at their best right now.

Do come and visit, it is a stunning time of year!

Andrew Beale
Managing Director

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