Window on Westonbirt Arboretum

What's looking good

Our Window on Westonbirt Volunteers have explored the arboretum this week to inform our visitors of the following not to be missed seasonal highlights.

Use Arboretum Explorer to help you discover more tree locations around the arboretum.

blue flowers of Hydrangea macrophylla in full bloom

Blue mop cap hydrangea  

The Hydrangeas are beginning to flower and Blue mop cap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) on Circular Drive is looking particularly good this week. . 

Smoke bush 

The Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) is a delight, located across the Arboretum. It has masses of tiny pinkish flowers like clouds of smoke, hence its common name. There is a particularly good specimen on Mitchell Drive.

pink delicate hazy flowers of large green bush with dark green woodland foliage in the background
sprays of whitish bottle-brush flowers, are the majestic sweet chestnuts.

Castanea sativa 

A roasted winter treat here in the UK is the Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa) but at this time of year the pale-yellow flowers are eye-catching. You'll find great examples on Loop Walk, Willesley Drive and near the Great Oak Hall.