Benmore Botanic Garden is a large thriving botanic garden situated between Dunoon and Loch Eck, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Benmore is a satellite garden under the management of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, as is its sister garden Logan Botanic Garden.
A very remarkable feature of this lovely mountain garden, is the so called "Avenue of Giant Redwoods".
Of the 50 planted trees, the weakest one did not survive the heavy weather of 1968, so this avenue now consists of 49
year old giant redwoods that are about 50 m (165 ft) tall.
The tallest one has a height of 54 m (177 ft) and many are between 50 to 53 m (165 to 174 ft) tall.
In this group the tallest giant sequoia of Europe, and very probably the tallest one outside of their native range in California, can be found.
As explained elsewhere, giant redwoods can grow up to a height of 93 m (305 ft) in their native range.
So the Benmore redwoods are only young, fast growing teenagers! The rainy climate of the west of Scotland appears to be ideal for them so within a couple of hundred years, they might outgrow their American cousins and grow larger than the old giant sequoias of California...
Avenue of Giant Redwoods:
|Giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) "1715"||6.02 m @ 1.50 m||56.40 m|
|Jezo spruce (Picea jezoensis) "15221", subsp. hondoensis||3.65 m @ 1.50 m||~ 28.00 m|
|Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) "1718"||6.42 m @ 1.50 m||~ 45.00 m|
|Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) "1716"||?||?|
Douglas fir grove:
|Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) "1717"||4.46 m @ 1.50 m||~ 59.00 m|
|Monkey-puzzle (Araucaria araucana) "3060"||3.25 m @ 1.30 m||?|
In Glen Massan:
|Western redcedar (Thuja plicata) "18654"||5.59 m @ 1.50 m||46.50 m|
|Coast Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) "17557"||4.83 m @ 1.50 m||60.10 m|