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Monumental trees in Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury

Here 11 trees are described in Westonbirt Arboretum in Tetbury (county of Gloucestershire).

The arboretum of Westonbirt near Tetbury in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire (England) is the biggest and most important arboretum of England. This English woodland garden contains a large collection of decideous trees, conifers, and shrubs: about 3,000 species have been planted of which a large part is very rare or are the biggest specimens of their kind in Europe. Westonbirt has been planted in such a way that it is also an enjoyable place that is well worth a visit even if strange species do not interest you that much.

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The trees

Morley Ride:

Specimen Girth Height
Downy birch (Betula pubescens) "18656" 1.82 m @ 1.50 m 29.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "1729" ? ?

Jackson Avenue:

Specimen Girth Height
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "3188" ? ?

Mitchell Avenue:

Specimen Girth Height
Erman's birch (Betula ermanii) "15082" 4.14 m @ 1.50 m 24.00 m
Caucasian oak (Quercus macranthera) "15320" 3.08 m @ 1.50 m 30.00 m

Specimen Avenue:

Specimen Girth Height
Japanese horse chestnut (Aesculus turbinata) "15605" 2.78 m @ 1.50 m 26.00 m
Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "3194" ? ?

Main Drive:

Specimen Girth Height
Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) "18657" 2.92 m @ 80 cm 25.00 m
Wollemia (Wollemia nobilis) "3459" ? ?

Willesley Drive:

Specimen Girth Height
Velvet maple (Acer velutinum) "15066" 3.31 m @ 1.50 m 26.00 m
A. vejari (Abies vejari) "18655" 1.65 m @ 1.50 m 31.00 m

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Westonbirt Arboretum, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-19

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Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "1729"

Westonbirt Arboretum, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-19

This is the only Giant Sequoia I know to shoot from its branches. While this is standard behaviour for the coast redwood for example, it seems to be a very rare sight for Giant Sequoia.

Westonbirt Arboretum, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-19

Westonbirt Arboretum, picture by Tim B, 2007-04-19

Downy birch (Betula pubescens) "18656"

Westonbirt Arboretum, picture by TheTreeRegisterOwenJohnson, 2014-07-05

Westonbirt Arboretum with its rich soils and 180-year-old shelterbelts grows the tallest examples of all kinds of trees, and this birch is the tallest (and one of the most beautiful) that I know.

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