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Monumental trees in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew

Here 46 trees are described in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (county of City of London).

The Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew or simply Kew Gardens near London is one the oldest and most important botanic gardens in the world.

Lots of plants were discovered and described for the first time by British botanists, so many of the oldest planted specimens of a large number of plant species can be found in Kew.

In biological circles Kew, with its world leading botanic research, is a well-known institute.

In Kew living specimens of species that are critically endangered or already have become extinct in the wild, are grown and so Kew can be seen as a true Ark of Noah.

Apart from the scientific importance of Kew, it is also just a nice garden to visit. Every time of the year different plants are flowering and different details are highlighted. Kew Gardens is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in my opinion it is a must-see for everyone who has the slightest interest in plants, strange species, or English gardens.

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The trees

Waterlily House:

Specimen Girth Height
Chestnut-leaved oak (Quercus castaneifolia) "1727" 7.84 m @ 1.50 m 28.80 m
Chinese wingnut (Pterocarya stenoptera) "15304" 4.90 m @ 60 cm~ 22.00 m
Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) "13358" 3.80 m @ 1.50 m ?
Cappadocian maple (Acer cappadocicum) "13345", 'Aureum' 2.91 m @ 60 cm~ 16.00 m
Chinese wingnut (Pterocarya stenoptera) "13346" ? ?
Black pine (Pinus nigra) "13359" ? ?

Lily Pool:

Specimen Girth Height
Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) "1736" 3.30 m @ 1.50 m~ 25.00 m
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) "1792" ? ?

Syon Vista:

Specimen Girth Height
Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) "3056" 6.22 m @ 1.50 m~ 21.00 m

Sequoia Grove:

Specimen Girth Height
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "4059" ? ?

Palm House:

Specimen Girth Height
Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) "13342" 4.93 m @ 1.50 m ?
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) "4060" 4.91 m @ 20 cm ?
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) "9200" 4.62 m @ 40 cm~ 11.00 m
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) "13327" 4.04 m @ 1.50 m ?
Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara) "13341" 3.83 m @ 1.50 m ?
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) "13325" 3.16 m @ 1.50 m ?
London plane (Platanus × hispanica) "13356" ? ?

Orangery Lawn:

Specimen Girth Height
Wollemia (Wollemia nobilis) "4217" ? ?

Holly Walk:

Specimen Girth Height
Spanish oak (Quercus × hispanica) "4317", 'Lucombeana' 6.25 m @ 50 cm~ 20.00 m
Narrow-leafed ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) "14345" 4.35 m @ 1.70 m~ 22.00 m

Broad Walk:

Specimen Girth Height
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "9244", 'Pendula' 4.15 m @ 40 cm~ 11.00 m
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "9245", f. purpurea ? ?

Near Mediterranean Garden:

Specimen Girth Height
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) "9267" ~ 8.41 m @ 1.50 m ?

Near Elizabeth Gate:

Specimen Girth Height
Turner's oak (Quercus × turneri) "12926" 6.25 m @ 30 cm~ 16.00 m
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) "12922" 5.08 m @ 1.20 m ?
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) "12924" 4.98 m @ 1.50 m 16.00 m
E. dalrympleana (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) "12928" 3.98 m @ 60 cm 18.00 m
Black pine (Pinus nigra) "13333", subsp. laricio 3.56 m @ 1.50 m ?
Stone pine (Pinus pinea) "12939" 3.36 m @ 40 cm~ 14.50 m
Silver lime (Tilia tomentosa) "12927", 'Petiolaris' 3.12 m @ 1.50 m~ 21.00 m
Bosnian maple (Acer obtusatum) "13336" > 3.00 m @ 1.50 m~ 18.00 m
Pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) "12932" ? ?
Spinning gum (Eucalyptus perriniana) "12931" ? ?

Near Temperate House:

Specimen Girth Height
Southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) "13006" 3.10 m @ 1.30 m ?
Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus) "13008" 1.48 m @ 1.50 m ?
Southern catalpa (Catalpa bignonioides) "13007" ? ?

Near Princess of Wales Conservatory:

Specimen Girth Height
Hungarian oak (Quercus frainetto) "13344" ? ?
European beech (Fagus sylvatica) "13343", 'Pendula' ? ?

Pagoda Vista, from Palm to Temperate House:

Specimen Girth Height
Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) "13347" 5.10 m @ 1.50 m 22.40 m
Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) "13354" 4.23 m @ 1.50 m 20.40 m

Near the Orangery:

Specimen Girth Height
Turner's oak (Quercus × turneri) "9321", 'Pseudoturneri' 6.25 m @ 30 cm~ 16.00 m
Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica) "13357" ? ?

By the Sackler Crossing of the Lake:

Specimen Girth Height
Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) "15377" 3.75 m @ 1.50 m~ 20.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "15534" ? ?
Large-leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos) "15532" ? ?
Turner's oak (Quercus × turneri) "15533" ? ?

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Lily Pool

Royal Botanic Gardens, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-18

The tree in front is a dawn redwood, a species discoved only in 1949. Kew's specimen is one of the oldest trees in cultivation, dating from the first wave of planting, in 1949-1951.

Those first trees were often planted near water (in the background a bald cypress can be seen), because of its similarity to the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), that enjoys those wet standing places. Nowadays it is known that the dawn redwood does equally well in drier locations.

Sequoia Grove

Royal Botanic Gardens, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-18

By the Sackler Crossing of the Lake

Royal Botanic Gardens, picture by Wim Brinkerink, 2009-06-26

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Chestnut-leaved oak (Quercus castaneifolia) "1727"

Royal Botanic Gardens, picture by Robin Hull

Royal Botanic Gardens, picture by TheTreeRegisterOwenJohnson, 2011-04-09

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