Kew Today - See the vivid autumn colours of Kew's Japanese stuartia
Holly Walk is best known for its superb collection of prolifically fruiting hollies, but head along it to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway and the pathway is set ablaze by the vivid autumn colours of the Japanese stuartia (Stuartia pseudocamellia). Au
This Japanese tree is named after John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute and adviser to Princess Augusta when she began her garden in Kew in 1759. The tree flowers continually in July and August, producing single, creamy white camellia-like flowers.
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Pin oak (Quercus palustris)
Alongside the River Thames and near the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, the pin oak (Quercus palustris) is displaying a fabulous autumn colour this autumn. The colour of its leaves range from orange and bronze, to deep red and purple. Its best colour comes when planted on lime free or acidic soil, and it is happiest when growing in moist ground.
- The Latin name 'palustris' means 'of the swamp'.
- The tree holds on to its leaves over the winter, similar to some beeches and hornbeams.
- When the seeds of this plant are roasted, they can be used as a decent substitute for coffee!