The Laburnum Arch flowers in June

What makes them special?

74 - Whitty Pear (Sorbus domestic, True service) 

  • Thought to be brought in by the Romans, but now declared indigenous to Worcestershire, Shropshire, Wales, and in particularly the Wyre Forest area.  
  • Looks like a mountain Ash, but in fact it's very rare! 
  • Tiny little apple/pear shaped fruit in Autumn, with leaves in Summer.
  • Link to Wikipedia 


78 - Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba) 

  • Planted around 1820 (One of the first here) 
  • Rare in the Lebanon
  • Evergreen
  • Looses branches when it snows, as the branches hold huge layers of snow. 
  • Link to wikipedia


81 - Common Lime (Tilia x europaea) 

  • Nicknamed the 'petticoat' 
  • measured at 25.69m tall in 2008
  • May contain rabbits at play as they love hiding in the epicormic growth at the bottom
  • Aphid droppings under it (Wouldn't want to park your car underneath!)
  • Bees can often be found rolling around the floor under this tree during the summer, as they get drunk on the nectars from the flowers!
  • Link to wikipedia


87 - Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) planted in 1877 by Sir Joseph Hooker on birth of Robert Woodward.

  • Produces edible walnuts, but they aren't as tasty as your common walnuts, and much smaller. 
  • The shells of the walnuts used to be used as clothes dye and sometimes, even picking one up, will stain your hands black for weeks!
  • Link to wikipedia


97 - Common (Not so common!) Beech (Fagus sylvatica) 

  • When you see this tree, you will initially think it is lots of trees, but it's not, it's all one tree! We think it was once a weeping beech, once upon a time the branches grew into the ground and established their own roots. This mutation makes this beach tree very special, and very rare! 
  • We aren't even sure which 'trunk' is the original one!
  • It covers a quarter of an acre of the Arboretum.
  • Theres only a handful more trees that have done this. 
  • Planted around 1820.
  • Stunning layers of greenery in the summer (Great for hide and seek!) 
  • Link to wikipedia


411 - Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) 

  • This particular Acer is one of the tallest of its type in the UK. 
  • Beautiful autumn coloured and interesting bark all year round
  • Measured 13.68m in 2007.
  • Link to wikipedia


393 - Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

  • This Beech is special because we believe it was planted before the Arboretum! So it's been here a very long time. 
  • It has a really unique shape for a Beech - they are usually straight, but we believe what gave this tree it's interesting interlocking branches, was that it could have been cut down really low to the ground once, and then left to grow wild or coppiced.
  • We're glad it was forgotten about all those years ago, it now stands strong in the corner of the Arboretum looking out over the Severn Valley!
  • Link to wikipedia


138 - Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) 

  • These trees are now found mainly in South America/Chile but we actually had lots of them in the UK before the ice age!
  • Rare in it's native country but more and more forests are being planted in South America to harvest this tree for timber, as it has a very pale wood, it grows very straight and very quickly.
  • It has edible seeds.
  • Measured at 22.12m in 2007.
  • Fossilised wood from the Monkey Puzzle Tree has been mined since the Bronze Age but became popular in Jewellery in the Victorian era. It is still do this day is mined in Whitby, which is famous for it's Whitby Jet jewellry.
  • Link to wikipedia


162 - Crimean Pine (Pinus nigra pallasiana) (caramanica) 

  • The unique shape of the Crimean Pine is often described as 'organ pipes' the branches grow vertically, looks like a tree coming off another tree! 
  • This particular tree has possibly the biggest girth of this type of tree in the UK (2007 measurements) 
  • Best grown in Scotland because of the weather. 
  • Insects and bats love the bark which has deep crevices. 
  • 30m+ in 2007. 
  • Link to wikipedia


176 - Lucombe Oak (Quercus x hispanica "Luconbeana") 

  • Cross between Turkey Oak and Cork Oak
  • The bark looks like cork, but it isn't. 
  • Semi-Evergreen, so if there is a mild winter, all the leaves stay on. 
  • To maintain this unique tree, it has to have a crown reduction every few years to reduce the weight and keep it healthy. 


5 - Laburnum Arch 

  • After extending our existing Laburnum Arch in 2013, it is now the longest in Britain (65m) 
  • Under planted with bluebells and Alliums, which are ornamental onions. 
  • It will all flower in May/June with bright yellow flowers. By 2017 we expect it to have grown into a full arch the whole way down.
  • Our Head Gardener built it as a 'Z' shape instead of a straight line, to add a little more interest when you walk through the arch, and gives the stunning view of the Severn Valley when you reach the end, even more of an impact!
  • Link to wikipedia


229 - Giant Redwood - Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) 

  • Measured 38.7m in 2007 making it the tallest tree in the Arboretum.
  • It has soft, bouncy bark which protects it in forest fires, as the bark does not burn.
  • This type of tree is the tallest in the world
  • Can live past 3000 years
  • Named after Sequoia
  • Indigenous to North America
  • Planted 1860
  • Link to wikipedia


262 - 3 Corsican Pines (Pinus nigra laricio)

  • Although these Pines aren't particularly special individually, they are grouped so closely together it is really rare for three trees to have survived.
  • It is likely that the 3 trees were planted with the intention of removing the 2 weaker trees after a couple of years, and leaving the best one to thrive on it's own. Somehow, someone forgot about these three, and thankfully they've broken all the rules and all 3 have survived and are in fact now among the tallest in the UK - Take that Nature!
  • Measured at 35.95m in 2007
  • Link to wikipedia


205 - Swamp Cypress (Taxodium distichum) 

  • Planted in 1960, this is one of the later additions to the Arboretum
  • These trees are usually found in very wet areas, and can actually be planted directly into water. When they are planted in ponds and lakes, they grow out of the water, and then back in, creating 'Knees' so they can get oxygen (Imagine sitting in the bath, and your knees sticking out - It looks like that!)
  • However, our Swamp Cypress was planted in an area of the Arboretum that used to be very wet and swampy, but nowadays is much dryer, thanks to the trees for soaking up the water - It's still happy in the newer drier conditions though! 


338 - Dove or Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata "Vilmoriniana")  

  • This is our Head Gardener, Michael's favourite tree (And the arboretum has many more of them since he started here!) The Hanky tree, as he calls it, remind him of being a young apprentice gardener, waling past one every day to work, and waiting for the beautiful 'hanky' flowers to display. He has one of them in his garden at home, and thinks that everyone should have one in their gardens!
  • They have small flowers, but they also produce white bracts, which are a modified leaf, and look like a hanky.
  • Flowers in early summer. 
  • Link to wikipedia


339 - Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminata "Koban Dori") 

  • The seed heads look like a cucumber/gerkin. 
  • Metallic blue flower with a pale yellow inside. 
  • Flowers around June after al the frosts have gone. 
  • Quite rare for the area - many more in Cornwall and Devon. 
  • Link to wikipedia


63 - Norway Spruce (Picea abies) 

The Crimean Pines (Pinus nigra pallasiana)

The Arboretum boasts a number of magnificent Crimean Pines, one of which is among the tallest in the UK, being in excess of 140ft. in height. (Catalogue No. 166)

In 1903 it was recorded as 108ft. tall and with a girth of 9ft.8 inches. It was remeasured in 1961 and 1991 by Mr Alan Mitchell. In 1961 it was 124ft tall and had a girth of 11ft.8 inches, and had grown to 142ft in height and a girth of 12ft.7 inches by 1991.

A special feature of these trees is that their huge branches grow almost vertically and are, therefore, parallel with the trunk. The trees are able to support these branches weighing tens of tons and soaring high into the air.


The Layered Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

One of the most unusual and interesting trees in the Arboretum is a layered beech, which covers nearly one quarter of an acre. It is impossible to find the original trunk. A happy accident, healthy young offshoots of the original are spreading slowly outward from where the original beech must have stood.

A strange tangle!


Very nice place for a pleasant stroll...

"This is not the largest arboretum in the area, there is a bigger one nearby, but the area is very pleasant. The arboretum was wonderful despite a pretty dreary weather we had during the day and we, two adults and two dogs, thoroughly enjoyed wondering in the maze, taking pics in the Italian garden and cheering the sight of the steam train running across the valley below. I would also recommend stopping to visit the church of St. Peter at the border of the arboretum and having a look at the remains of the Arley Castle. We had some very good time indeed there."


Hamptoncherry Visited April 2016


"Peaceful Place"

"Visited last weekend and we were not disappointed. Even at the weekend we found it to be a peaceful place. Beautifully maintained and the staff were all very friendly. Definitely worth a visit."


Garethm69 Visited July 2015


"Peace and Beauty"

"We have been to the arboretum several times now and even though there was the added attraction of half price entry and a plant sale we still found room for a quiet picnic. The trees are magnificent and the views likewise...."

Jmlwrugger Visited July 2015


"Really Peaceful"

"Lovely day walking around well tended gardens with views across the severn Valley. Italian garden was stunning. Really friendly staff. Ideal place to take a picnic. Really quiet with lots of animal life to look out for."

Ross W Visited July 2015

"Beautiful Gardens, a peaceful day out"

"First time visiting here, the gardens are stunning, kids loved the pirate trail and the maze.

it's a beautiful place and we would definetly go back."

Ali M Visited August 2015

“Thoroughly interesting visit”

"We stumbled upon this place online, and decided to visit on a slightly rainy day. 
The weather however didn't put a downer on our day, we found walking around looking at the different types of tree very interesting, especially the exceptionally tall Redwoods. 
The Italian gardens were pretty, nice formal set garden that led through into the rest of the Arboretum. 
We found the tearoom staff to be pleasant with delicious cake, and not bad value for money. 
We rounded off the trip by purchasing some plants from the plant sale tables, which were well priced and interesting."

SohPieRobBit Visited August 2015

"Had a absolutely wonderful day!..."

"My words don't do it justice, go visit take a picnic and have a wonderful day. Great for all the family and so easy to find . When we where there a family was having a birthday party for a little girl it was lovely seeing families enjoying themselves. Denise and Mark."

Onewaytickettoride Visited June 2015

"An incredibly pretty place"

"This is a great place for arboriphiles, and for the trees themselves - all clearly flourishing and carefully looked-after. I saw many old friends from bigger and more famous arboreta (hello Kew) and some varieties that were new to : a win for Arely!"

Lou T Visited August 2015

"Lovely day out for our whole family, including a great lunch"

"Visited Arley Arboretum today 1st September with my mother, who's in her mid seventies and my grandchildren who are 5 and 3. We have had a superb day doing the Pirate trail and the Mini beasts trail but my mother and I also got to see the lovely Italian Garden and the Walled Garden and we did the Maze too, plus the kids loved the adventure playground - amazing value but we all really enjoyed the lunch - the kids had the childrens £4 meal deal, lunch and dessert and drink - generous portions too and they both ate every scrap. My mother and I had tuna jacket potato and the salad with it was enormous. I can't wait to go back and see more of the beautiful trees - best value for money day out I've had in ages."

PaphosVisitor186402 Visited September 2015