Signature Trees at Westonbirt

Leaves of Euonymus alatus Signature Trees Westonbirt
Photo credit: Gina Mills

Signature Trees at Westonbirt Arboretum 

The trees that give Westonbirt Arboretum its unique character!

Fagus sylvatica Westonbirt

They are trees that, over time or by selection, have come to perform a particular role in Westonbirt’s landscape, owing to their size, location or number within the collection.

The signature species include both native and exotics, with a range of different forms and sizes. Some of our favourites include:

Incense cedars (Calocedrus decurrens), one of the most striking of exotics. Native to Oregon and California, they have been predominantly planted in groups. Examples can be seen just off Waste Drive and along Palmer Ride in Silk Wood. The group on Holford Ride is regarded as one of the finest groups in Britain.

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is one of three native conifers. Savill Glade has some fantastic examples which are some of the oldest trees in the Old Arboretum.

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Westonbirt relies on the help of our team of extraordinary volunteers. Our team of over 280 volunteers are involved with everything from leading guided walks, assisting  community groups and helping at our family events,  to supporting the tree team out in the arboretum, and helping in the propagation centre! 

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Local Forest Membership

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum is a registered charity established to protect trees and enrich lives at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum.

With a Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum membership you support conservation, education and participation to help connect people with trees while ensuring over 100 tree species, which are endangered in the wild, are safeguarded for the future.

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Westonbirt Arboretum’s story begins with the wealthy Victorian landowner, Robert Holford; an ambitious man with a passion for the natural world!