In the Woodland Garden in spring, the fast-growing tree Paulownia fargesii is covered in long panicles of light violet flowers, resembling foxgloves in shape. Nearby the Handkerchief Trees, Davidia involucrata unfurl pure-white pairs of bracts that flutter in the slightest breeze.
The Isu Tree, Distylium racemosum and the Ohio Buckeye, Aesculus glabra var. arguta are two unusual, spring-flowering trees. The Isu Tree is an evergreen native of China and Japan in the Witchhazel family, that produces flowers consisting only of thick clusters of red stamens and no petals along short racemes. The Ohio Buckeye is native to the Mid-western United States. The leaves are palmate and the peachy flowers held in erect panicles, with the stamens protruding proud of the petals. Just a short wander around the Woodland Garden then reveals some of the incredible diversity in flowers amongst woodland trees from across the globe.