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.

long thin spike like petals jut out like fireworks from a mass of oval shaped leaves

Chilean Fire Bush 

Seen along Main Drive, the Chilean fire bush, Embothrium coccineum, is still stunning with fiery red-orange blossoms lighting up the surrounding woodland. Also found in Silk Wood, along Willesley Drive.

Map grid ref: 18E

Chinese Parasol Storax

As pretty as it’s name, the Chinese parasol storax, Melliodendron xylocarpum, has arching branches of delicate umbrella-shaped pale pink flowers. It should catch your eye as you wander along Willesley Drive in Silk Wood from the Treetop Walkway.

pink flowers hanging from delicate branch
white flower cluster with green leaf background

Staphylea x coulombieri

Less dramatic but no less delightful are the small white clusters of Bladdernut flowers, Staphylea x coulombieri, which you will find on Mitchell Drive and Morley Ride in the Old Arboretum .