What's your favourite tree?

Arboretum trees

Wed 18 Apr 2018

Green Flag Award are asking the question Which is your favourite tree?


  • Quercus robur (English Oak): Supports a huge variety of wildlife, majestic structure, iconic landscape tree.

  • Tilia petiolaris (Weeping Silver Lime): Wonderful winter structure, butter-yellow autumn foliage.

  • Fagus sylvatica (Common Beech): Silvery bark, contrast of fresh green spring foliage and copper autumn foliage, interesting buttressed roots.

  • Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum): Stunning autumn colour, delicate star shaped leaves.

  • Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief tree): Cream white bracts are intriguing and worth the 20 year wait, bright green foliage.

  • Fraxinus angustifolia ‘Raywood’ (Raywood Ash): Wonderful claret coloured autumn foliage, lovely shape. (Not currently recommended for new planting due to ash dieback.)

  • Prunus serrula (Tibetan Cherry): Fantastic spring blossom, blood-red attractive bark.

  • Acer cappadochicum (Caucasian Maple): Wonderful golden autumn foliage, strongly branching dense crown.

  • Betula ermanii (Ermans Birch): Superb graceful branch structure, attractive bark and yellow Autumn foliage.

  • London Plane (Platanus x hispanica): Very tough and resilient, wonderful bark and structure, a major feature of many wonderful city parks.

Read the full Green Flag Award article here and let them know on twitter  what your favourite trees are, and give us a tag too!

What do you reckon, is Mick's list spot on? Why not go and visit Derby Arboretum, or one of the other wonderful parks in Derby to make your decision?