A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Magnolias and Davidia

Davidia involucrata
The garden is ablaze with the colour of many azaleas.
Amongst all the colour there are some rare beauties to be found.  The famous Davidia involucrata also known as the dove or handkerchief tree.  The Davidia is a deciduous tree with vivid green leaves and the distinguishing bracts from which each flower is subtended.  It is a native of central and western China and was first discovered by the Abbe David in 1869 but was not introduced to Europe until l897 when one seed was germinated.  It flowered for the first time at Les Barres in l906.
Magnolia wilsonii

Magnolia wilsonii is a deciduous shrub with white, pendulous flowers in May and June.  A native of China it was introduced by Wilson in 1908 and is one of the most beautiful of his introductions

Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii, also known as the Oyama magnolia, is a large wide spreading shrub, the nodding flowers are egg shaped in bud, are white, fragrant and appear intermittently from May to August.  It is a native of  Japan and Korea and was introduced in l865.  Unlike many Magnolias it will do well in chalky soil.

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