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


Monday, 26 October 2015

Nyssa Sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica High Beeches

Nyssa sylvatica
There are a number of  Nyssa sylvatica trees at High Beeches Garden all lighting up the garden even on a cloudy day. 

Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo tree) is a native
of the North Eastern US and one of the
best trees for autumn colour.  Nyssa sylvatica 'High Beeches' was awarded the the First Class Certificate by the RHS for its
brilliant coloured and glossy foliage.  Nyssas sucker and some have been allowed to grow on creating this beautiful group.

This Nyssa was planted as part of a group with
Nothofagus fusca, Stuartia monodelpha and
Eucalyptus gunni.  The tall fastigiate tree in
front of it is Ginko Biloba which has yet to
turn yellow.

Nyssa sylvatica

A relatively young Nyssa planted close to the
garden entrance with a backdrop of Beech
and framed by Kalopanax pictus and Acer flabellatum.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Sorbus sargentiana

Stuartia rostrata
Berries and Seeds

There are so many plants fruiting in the
garden here at High Beeches that I could
fill several pages.

Sorbus sargentiana produces large heads of
red berries of up to 15cm across.  Sorbus
do not thrive particularly well here but S.
sargentiana does better than most and almost
always puts on a good display of berry and
autumn colour.  It is a native of Western
China and was introduced by Ernest Wilson
in 1908.

The Stuartias all have seed heads this year.
S. rostrata has beaked fruit and is one of the better Stuartias for autumn colour.  A native of China and introduced to the USA in 1936.

Magnolia globosa
The Magnolias are covered in seed pods many
are large and odd shapes.  Those of
M. globosa are a striking red.  This magnolia is related to M.wilsonii, the
flowers and fruit are similar.  A native of
China, Nepal and India, it was introduced by George Forrest in 1919.

Euonymous oxyphyllus
Euonymous oxyphyllus has very striking
fruit and beautiful purple red autumn foliage.
It is an excellent addition to the autumn garden.
A native of China, Japan and Korea it was
introduced in 1892.