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


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.

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