Autumn colour at Winkworth Arboretum
When autumn arrives, Winkworth bursts into colour, its yellows, oranges and reds painting a breathtaking picture across the landscape. Learn more about Wilfrid Fox's visionary collection, and find out about the best time to see the plants at the peak of their autumnal finery. Please note, you'll need to book your visit in advance via our What's On page.
In the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Mother Nature cloaks Winkworth Arboretum in a coat of many colours. The stunning views across Winkworth’s dramatic slopes make an autumnal visit unmissable.
What to look out for during your visit
Don't miss the berries for the trees - holly, rowan, spindle, Chinese dogwood and Harlequin beauty berry all put on brilliant displays in the autumnal period.
Along with this seasonal extravaganza of leaves, nuts and fruits, autumn also brings with it a season of spectacular fungi. Often hidden amongst the trees, nestled into roots, or growing in nooks and crannies, there’s a whole world of mushroom oddities waiting to be discovered.
Whilst beautiful, some fungi can be extremely poisonous, so it is recommended that people do not pick or touch fungi in the wild without expert guidance as species are hard to identify.
Keen photographers will enjoy the chance to capture images of the fungi, which can appear as anything from small, delicate, toadstool like mushrooms, much like those in fairy tales, or as huge bracket fungi clinging to the bark of trees. They have names to match too, whether it’s oakbug milkcap, giant puffball or orange-peel fungus.
Liquidambar, or sweet-gum, conjures up a fascinating palette of crimsons, yellows and purples in the autumn season. Find them in the Bowl and Badger's Bowl.
Some of the best autumnal yellows are found on the hickory and the tulip trees in Badger's Bowl. More tulip trees can be seen on the main pathway.
Hundreds of maple trees burn bright with colour in September and October. Japanese maple groves can be found below Sorbus Hill, by the Azalea Steps, and in the Bowls.
Not all autumn colour is broadleaved. Admire fiery larches in the upper arboretum and dawn redwood near the boathouse.