THREE TREES FOR A SPECTACULAR SHOW
The majority of the autumn colour at Daws Hall comes from acers, nyssas and liquidambars. All are deciduous trees or shrubs grown for their elegant habit, autumn colour and beautiful foliage. Acer palmatum, the Japanese maple, is capable of reaching 26-30ft (8-9m) in height. Most, however, are slow-growing, small trees. Ideal conditions are a sheltered site with sandy loam soil that is slightly acidic and well-drained. Nyssa, or tupelo, trees are small and slow growing. N. sylvatica comes from North America and has ovate leaves that turn brilliant red and yellow in autumn. It grows best on soils that are moist and fertile in a site that provides shelter from cold, dry winds. Nyssa sinensis is a spreading tree or shrub that can reach 33ft (10m). There are four species of liquidambar, the commonest and hardiest being L. styraciflua from eastern North America. It is known as the sweet gum for the fragrant resin. It is tolerant of both wet and dry soils, but chalky soils hinder the development of the autumn leaf colour.