The Beale Arboretum NGS Open Day Sunday

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Beale Arboretum is looking ready for the open day on Sunday.

Here is the Korean spruce Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ with a large number of fresh pink cones as well as last season’s brown ones.

This is the Chinese spruce, Picea likiangensis, also with a profusion of pink cones.

Possibly the most stunning plant this week is the Viburnum plicatum ‘Lanarth’.

The dogwoods are almost ready to come out, a couple more warm days and they will be looking great. This is Cornus kousa ‘Venus’.

The pocket handkerchief tree Davidia involcutra has lots of tissues hanging out on its branches!

Cornus rutgersensis ‘Aurora’ the flowering dogwood is looking good with creamy white bracts.

An indication of how late the season is this year, due to the cold April, can be seen in Crataegus monogyna, the Hawthorn or Mayflower, traditionally out by Mayday the first of May and still not out yet on the 12th May.

On the other hand the baby fastigiate hornbeam, Carpinus betulus ‘Globus’ is looking brilliant, such a dinky tree, and perfectly symmetrical.

The crab apple collection is doing well in the spring sunshine, here is Malus x schiedeckerii Hillieri, the Hillier’s crab apple.

And here is Malus ‘Winter Gold’, the winter flowering crab apple.

The 18 new dwarf rhododendrons only planted last week are doing brilliantly well in their new home on the shrubbery extension bed.

The Golden Hornet Crab apple, Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ always produces a prodigious number of fruit, and this season looks like no exception.

And finally the aptly named maple Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’ looks great against the soon-to-be-felled Cypress leylandii.

Tours of one hour around the arboretum on the Open Day will be carried out by Trevor Beale, Grant Cook and Andrew Beale.

The NGS Open Day runs this Sunday 15th May from 2-5pm, admission £5 in aid of charity, children free.

Andrew Beale, Managing Director
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