The katsura tree, otherwise known as the burnt toffee tree, is truly exceptional. Every autumn the foliage begins to give off a tempting aroma that smells just like burnt sugar, or candyfloss. This is a tree that needs to be seen (or sniffed) to be believed.
The winged spindle tree arguably looks its best during the autumn months, when the leaves turn a fiery red. When the sunlight illuminates the leaves, the colouring is just fantastic.
The stewartia pseudocamellia puts on a great autumn show, not only with its gorgeous yellow leaves, but with its peeling bark. Native to Japan and Korea, it exfoliates in strips of grey, orange and reddish brown.
Jolly Japanese maples
Acer trees are well known for their stunning foliage and these Japanese maples are no exception. The amber colours look fantastic in the autumn sunshine.
Native to Eastern Asia, the liquidambar acalycina or burgundy flush turns red in spring and green in summer. In autumn the leaves turn back to a gorgeous translucent burgundy or red as they get ready to fall.
Autumn is a spectacular time of year to go for a walk in the woods. Enjoy the crunching of golden leaves underfoot, discover shiny conkers and take in the fresh air. The changing of colours in the trees is not to be missed.
The damp woodlands provide ideal conditions for fungi. Look out for the distinctive red and white spotted fly agaric or the smelly stinkhorn, but take care not to touch as many fungi are poisonous.
Get stuck into the outdoors at Emmetts Garden. Why not go wild in our play area, play dress up in our tepee and see how many items you can tick off your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 list. Have you found a geocache yet?