The Liquidambar styraciflua by the gate on Denmans Lane.

9 December 2019
Graham Best, Head Gardener

 

Virtually all of the deciduous trees and shrubs have now lost their leaves after a glorious display this autumn, except for the Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum) that grows at the entrance to Clock House on Denmans Lane and reliably holds on to its leaves in various shades of colour to the end of December. John Brookes used to predict that Christmas Day was the day of its last leaf, and invariably he wasn’t far off!

 

 

 

 

Cornus sibirica contrasts dramatically with the white trunks of birches.