|Acer rubrum 'October Glory' living up to it's name. It's a signature tree in the arboretum at this time of year.|
|Flaming scarlet: a young 'October Glory' amid the oaks|
Browsing the BBC website this morning I found a video segment featuring my friend Raef Johnson discussing autumn colour against the backdrop of the Japanese maples at Westonbirt, where he works. It's currently the fourth most watched video on the BBC site, so congratulations to Raef, but Westonbirt isn't the only place with fantastic autumn colour! The tints this year, at least in this area, seem to be exceptionally good and I took advantage of a bright spell this afternoon to go round the Castle Howard Arboretum to get some pictures of our trees. Lots of colour now and it should get better for a little while to come.
|I think this is Acer x freemanii, but there's no label on the tree (!)|
|Delicate shades are as attractive as the intense reds: Betula papyrifera|
|Beech trees: Fagus orientalis on the left.|
|Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus) and the view to the bridge.|
|And we have Japanese maples too: a good red Acer palmatum, |
grown from seed from Westonbirt.