THREE TREES FOR A SPEC­TAC­U­LAR SHOW

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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.

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