Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. The collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator.
“A Garden of Eden held altogether by the best of the world’s trees” Professor David J.Bellamy
Eastwoodhill Arboretum in autumn is nothing short of spectacular, and it's easy to see why this season is the most popular with visitors.
From mid-March (earlier in dry years), the hundreds of maples, liquidambars, and both the red and scarlet oaks provide a beautiful range of colours. From the deep butter yellows of the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) and Yunnan Poplar (Populus yunnanensis), through to the orange, reds and purple of the Liquidambar (Liquidambar styraciflua) and scarlet oaks (Quercus coccinea), tree-lovers are spoilt for choice.
The Japanese Maples are like beacons throughout the arboretum, particularly Osakazuki (A. palmatum) and Vitifolium (A. japonicum). In sheltered areas these can last well into June.
The flowering cherries also end their season with leaves turning to a blaze of orange, purple, bronze and red. The crimson red foliage of the ornamental grape Vitis coignetiae stands in sharp contrast to the yellow of the Lombardy Poplars in The Circus.
Visiting Eastwoodhill during the autumn months means seeing the national arboretum at its most magnificent and is an opportunity not to be missed!