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This is the current list of trees. More trees are added from time to time, and more information about existing trees is added from time to time. For more details on each tree click the green button with the tree number on.

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Tree No.NameLocationPictureNotes

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1001 Sweet chestnut
Castanea sativa
Sidmouth; in the Byes
Sweet Chestnut
Sweet Chestnut
Diana's favourite treeFruit
1002 Californian Redwood
Sequoia sempervirens
Sidmouth, Redwood Road
Redwood Road
Redwood Road
Redwood road is named after this tree
1005 English oak
Quercus robur
Sidmouth, Margarets Meadow
1009 Persian ironwood
Parrotia persica
Holmesley Nursing HomeFortescue
1011 Service berry
Amelanchier lamarckii
Sidmouth, Beatlands
1014 Eucryphia
Eucryphyia sp.
Sidmouth, Sidlands
1015 Luccombe oak
Quercus x hispanica 'Lucumbeana'
Sidmouth, Lymebourne Lane
1020 Myrtle
Myrtus communis
Sidmouth Parish ChurchNative across the Mediterranean and all the way to India.  Grown for its fragrant flowers and fragrant oil.  More about Myrtles here.
1021 English Yew
Taxus baccata
Sidmouth parish church
Churchyard Yew
Churchyard Yew
Sidmouth Tree Trail no. 2. This is one of a group of English and Irish yews
1022 Cork oak
Quercus suber
Sidbury, High Street
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In the garden of the Dower House, near the church
1023 Red oak
Quercus rubra
Roxborough Car Park
1024 Ornamental cherry
Prunus Tai Haku
Salcombe Regis churchyard
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1031 Maidenhair tree
Ginkgo biloba
Sidmouth, Sidmount, Station Road
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The second largest Ginkgo in the UK
1035 Hawthorn
Crataegus monogyna
Thorn, Salcombe RegisBrings good luck to the village in local legend
1038 Atlas cedar
Cedrus atlantica
by the ford, Sidmouth
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1040 Sweet chestnut
Castanea sativa
Powys, All Saints Road
1042 Weeping birch
Betula pendula
Masonic Hall, Sidmouth
1101 Silver Maple
Acer saccharinum
Knowle Council Offices drivewayKnowle Tree Survey No. T1
1102 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Knowle
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Sidmouth Town Tree Trail no. 15. Knowle Tree Survey no. 93. Heritage tree. The sprawling branches show that this tree began life in open space, unlike tree 1208 on the list.  More info at the Gymnosperm Database
1103 Wollemi Pine
Wollemia nobilis
Belmont Hotel
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Donated by Mr and Mrs Roberts
1104 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Knowle
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Knowle Tree Survey No. 96. Big branch fell off January 2014.  More about Monterey Pines at the Gymnosperm Database.
1105 Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus sp.
The Byes, near Jubilee Gardens
1106 Lucombe Oak
Quercus x. hispanica Lucombeana
Lymebourne Lane, Sidmouth
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No. 11 on the Sidmouth Town Tree Trail.  More about Lucombe Oaks at The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 
1107 Fastigiate Hornbeam
Carpinus betulus Fastigiata
The Knowle, entrance driveway, Sidmouth
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Knowle Tree Survey No. 22
1108 Judas Tree
Cercis siliquastrum
The Knowle, entrance driveway, Sidmouth
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Knowle Tree Survey No. 3 More about Judas Trees at the Royal Horticultural Society 
1109 Horse chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Kennaway House, SidmouthMature pink flowering horse chestnut, in row of similar size chestnuts. Not same period as listed building. Sidmouth Tree Trail No 1
1110 Mulberry
Morus
Knapp PondThis tree is one of a group of exotic fruits planted spring 2014, donated by Dame Julia Slingo, Patron of Sidmouth Arboretum. Others include fig and apricot.
1111 Red maple
Acer rubrum Brandywine
Long Park, Sidmouth
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Donated and planted by Hugh Angus, dendrologist consultant to Sidmouth Arboretum. Hugh is former Curator at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire; and a world expert on maples.
1112 Rowan
Sorbus aucuparia Joseph Rock
Sid Road, SidmouthPlanted 2014, donated by Sidmouth Garden Centre
1113 Maidenhair tree
Ginkgo biloba 'Tremonia'
Sid Road, SidmouthFastigiate form of ginkgo, planted 2014
1114 Cornelian cherry
Cornus mas
Conservative Club, SidmouthMostly ignored, but mass of yellow flower in March, which can be seen from the pavement outside.
1115 Monkey puzzle
Araucaria araucana
Barrington Villa, SidmouthEye catching conifer with drooping cones (summer 2014)- viewable from pavement. Visit the avenue of monkey puzzle trees which lead up to Bicton College.
1116
Brachytrichon
Connaught Gardens, SidmouthNot normally hardy in UK, this tree outgrew its space in the glasshouse of Blackmore Gardens and was moved, courtesy of EDDC Parks Officer, Mark Pollard, to take its chance at Connaught Gardens. Winter 2013/4 was mild.
1117 Cherry plum
Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra'
Balfour Manor roadsideNot a plum at all, but an ornamental spring flowering cherry. This group of three were planted February 2014, under the guidance of Edward Willis Fleming, with thanks to Balfour Manor residents.
1118
Sophora tetraptera
Manor RoadThis very sheltered private garden has fine example of this New Zealand origin tree, flowering in May.
1119 Monterey pine
Pinus radiata
Woodlands Hotel, SidmouthA mature pine planted probably 1860s at height of fashion for plant hunters introducing new species. New owners 2013 have remodelled the garden and maintained trees.
1120 Weeping elm
Ulmus glabra 'Camperdownii'
off Cotmaton Road, SidmouthBeautiful and unusual elm, under threat from car parking. Another one grows outside the Library, enjoyed by small children under its canopy.
1121 Lily Tree
Magnolia denudata
Magnolia Cottage, Coburg Road, SidmouthMature beautiful tree given space to develop its natural shape - in private garden.
1122 Tulip tree
Liriodendron tulipifera
Knowle Park, Sidmouth
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Fine specimen on steep slope beside Car Park, flowers may be seen at eye height some years. More about Tulip Trees at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
1123 Field maple
Acer campestre
In hedgerow, just north of Sidbury Tree Trail routeField maple is very adaptable, can be grown as tree, or hedge or coppiced. This is a venerable tree.
1124 Beech
Fagus sylvatica
Track footpath alongside Golf Course on Muttersmoor.A fine row of mature beech bordering conifer plantation.
1125 Copper beech
Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
Muttersmoor - junction of footpaths on Clindon Devon Estates landThree copper beech were planted at a ceremony in March 2014, attended by Lord Clinton (Clinton Devon Estates) and Sir Jonathan Phillips, Warden of Keble College, Oxford. The nearby Keble's seat is attributed to the the view over to Dartmoor, which inspir
1126 Foxglove tree
Paulownia tomentosa
Hunters Moon Hotel, Sidmouththis tree flowered for the first time May 2014, at 6 years after planting.
1127 Holm oak
Quercus ilex
The Byes, SidmouthOne of a pair of majestic holm oaks, echoes of 19th century planting, when the land was donated for public access by Annie Leigh Browne.
1128 Tulip tree
Liriodendron tulipifera
Belvedere, Hillside, SidmouthPreviously an hotel, these apartments benefit from mature garden trees and more recent Scots pine plantings, bordering Beatlands Road.
1129 Pineapple guava
Acca sellowiana
Blackmoor Gardens, wall by Health CentrePreviously called Feijoa, this wall shrub demonstrates the warm Sidmouth micro climate. Next to it is the thorny Japanese bitter orange, Poncirus trifoliata.
1130 Hawthorn
Crataegus Paul's Scarlet
Market PlacePlanted by John Hollick, Leader of Sidmouth Town Council February 2014 - a match for the existing Paul's Scarlet outside the market hall.
1131 Small leaf lime
Tilia cordata
Knowle Parkland
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Donated by Ian Barlow, Sidmouth Garden Centre, and planted with help of volunteers November 2013.  The more common European Lime is a hybrid of the Small Leaved and Large Leaved Lime.  More info at the Woodland Trust
1132 English oak
Quercus robur
Recreation Field by Scout House Salcombe RegisDonated by Mrs Carolyn Showering in 2015
1200 Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris
Knowle, Station Road
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Ed's favourite tree. Knowle Tree Survey number 40 listed as a Lucombe Oak (a hybrid between Turkey Oak and Cork Oak) but this is unlikely because this tree is not evergreen.  With a girth of 5.6m the Forestry Commission calculator puts this tree at between 300 and 350 years old but the species was only introduced 280 years ago, which means this tree has grown incredibly quickly.  More about Turkey Oaks here.
1201 Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Knowle parkland
Dawn Redwood in Spring
Dawn Redwood in Spring
Spring foliage
Spring foliage
Originally from China, this is the smallest of the Redwoods but will still grow to 60m (200 ft). With fossil records back 150 million years, scientists believed it was extinct until a plantation was found in a remote part of China in 1946.  It is one of the few conifers that is deciduous.  More about Dawn Redwoods here.
1202 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Knowle parkland
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One of several fine trees that line the park.  Sadly, they are affected badly by Leaf Miner and some have succumbed to the fungal disease Bleeding Canker.  In 2017 the adjacent tree was reduced to a stump.  More about Horse Chestnuts here.
1203 Deodar Cedar
Cedrus deodara
Knowle parkland
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Male and female cones
Male and female cones
Distinguished from Atlas and Lebanon Cedars by the downward sweeping branches.  With a girth of 305cm this tree is approximately 100 years old.  More about Deodar Cedars here.
1204 Cedar Of Lebanon
Cedrus libani
Knowle parkland
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Distinguished from Deodar and Atlas Cedars by the horizontal spread, with a girth of 250cm this tree seems to be younger than its neighbour at only 70 years, but the shading of the nearby oaks may have slowed its growth and it could be the same age.  More about Cedar of Lebanon here.
1205 Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris
Gardens of Knowle
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First year female cones
First year female cones
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Male, pollen cones
Distinguised from the Monterey Pines by needles in groups of two and the seed cones are much smaller when mature.  After the seed cones are pollinated, they close up and seal with resin while the seeds develop.  They open the following year to release the seeds.  More about Scots Pine here.
1206 Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Gardens of Knowle
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Giant Redwood Male Cones
One of two Redwoods in the garden, with a girth of 380cm this tree is a baby only about 50 years old.  The true giants in California are up to 3,000 years old and five times as tall as this one. The common name in the UK is Wellingtonia, a tribute to the Duke of Wellington, but when explorers from eastern USA discovered them in remote California they gave them the name Washingtonia.  More at Redwood World
1207 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Gardens of Knowle
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Number 121 in the EDDC survey.  Endangered in its homeland of Monterey in California, Pinus radiata is now the most abundant conifer in the southern hemisphere where it is a commercial timber tree.  More at New Zealand Wood
1208 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Gardens of Knowle
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Mature giant grown surrounded by other trees and so it has developed with a tall, straight trunk unlike the sprawling 1102 which must have grown in open space.More about Monterey Pines here.
1209 Western Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla
Knowle Drive
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Not in very good health, probably because it is surrounded by concrete.  The Western Hemlock is a useful timber tree, a good source of building timber and paper pulp.  More about Hemlocks here.
1210 Western Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla
Knowle parkland
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The Western Hemlock is the dominant conifer in much of Northern and Western North America where it can grow to 70m (230ft).  Its bark can be used to make black and yellow dyes.  More about Western Hemlock here.
1211 Monkey Puzzle
Araucaria araucana
gardens of Knowle
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Monkey Puzzles are very primitive with fossil records back to the time of the dinosaurs.  The cones have large edible seeds which taste like pine nuts  More about Araucaria araucana here.
1212 Persian Ironwood
Parrotia persica
gardens of Knowle
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Named because of its very hard wood. In early spring the tree is covered in male flowers with their deep red stamens. Autumn leaf colour is also spectacular.  More about Persian Ironwoods here.
1214 Persian Ironwood
Parrotia persica
gardens of Knowle
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Named because of its very hard wood. In early spring the tree is covered in male flowers with their deep red stamens. Autumn leaf colour is also spectacular. More about Parrotia here.
1215 Cedar Of Lebanon
Cedrus libani
By the ford in Mill Street
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This tree is number 4 on the Sidmouth Tree Trail.
1216 Weeping Lime
Tilia tomentosa Petiolaris
In The Byes by the RolyPoly Field. Tree number 8 on the Tree Trail.
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Tree number 8 on the Tree Trail.
1217 Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica glauca
Lawns area of the Byes
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Glorious colour of this young tree between stations 4 and 5 of the Sidmouth Tree Trail.
1218 Dawn Redwood
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Sidholme Hotel
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Dawn Redwood is one of the few deciduous conifers.  With fossil records back to the Mesozoic, scientists believed it been extinct for at least 5 million years until a plantation was discovered in a remote region of China in 1947.  This means this fine specimen cannot be more than 75 years old.  More about Dawn Redwoods here.
1219 Cedar Of Lebanon
Cedrus libani
Sidholme Hotel
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Distinguished from Deodar and Atlas Cedars by the horizontal spread of the branches.  With a girth of about 7m this tree is about 200 years old and so part of the original planting for the house.  More about Cedar of Lebanon here.
1220 Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
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Described as a living fossil with ancestors in the fossil records back 270 million years.  More about Ginkgo biloba here.
1221 Cabbage Palm
Cordyline australis
Sidholme Hotel
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One of the characteristic sites around Sidmouth are the Cabbage Palms which create a sub-tropical feel.  They are neither a cabbage nor a true palm, they are actually related to Asparagus.  More about Cabbage Palms here.
1222 Judas Tree
Cercis siliquastrum
Sidholme Hotel
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So named because it is covered in red blossom at Easter which is supposed to signify it is the tree from which Judas hung himself.  More about Cercis here.
1223 Handkerchief Tree
Davidia involucrata
Sidholme Hotel
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Also called the Ghost Tree and the Dove Tree because of the beautiful white bracts around the flowers that hang down in late spring.  Introduced to the UK by Veitch's plant hunter E.H. 'Chinese' Wilson.  He had heard about a glorious example of the tree and travelled for two weeks into a remote region of China only to find that the tree had been chopped down.  He did find one eventually and collected seeds.  More info here.
1224 Sugar Maple?
Acer saccharum
Sidholme Hotel
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An Acer but actual species awaiting verification.
1225 Whitebeam
Sorbus aria
Sidholme Hotel
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1226 Sweet Gum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Sidholme Hotel
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Rather lost in the hedge until the deep autumn colours develop.
1227 Monterey Cypress
Cupressus macrocarpa
Sidholme Hotel
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A magnificent tree but in decline sadly.
1228 Katsura
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Sidholme Hotel
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A primitive tree species with simple flowers.
1229 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Sidholme Hotel
1230 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Sidholme Hotel
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Lots of faces to see in the bark patterns.
1231 Cherry
Prunus serrulata
Sidholme Hotel
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Sited in what used to be the Camellia House. Only the base wall and some of the heating pipes are left of the building.
1232 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Sidholme Hotel
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Sadly, affected by fungus and no longer with us.
1233 Mimosa
Acacia dealbata
Sidholme Hotel
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Glorious, soft yellow flowers in spring leading to brown pea like seed pods.
1234 Lawson Cypress
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ?
Sidholme Hotel
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1235 Lawson Cypress
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Pottenii
Sidholme Hotel
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1236 Cut Leaved Maple
Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpureum
Sidholme Hotel
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1237 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Sidholme Hotel
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Note that the needles come in threes, the Scots Pine has needles in twos.
1238 Wellingtonia or Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Sidholme Hotel
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A baby at only about 100 years old, the Giant Redwood can live for up to 3000 years and grow to nearly 300 feet in its native California.
1239 Atlantic Cedar
Cedrus atlantica glauca
Sidholme Hotel
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1240 Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum osakazuki?
Sidholme Hotel
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1241 Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
Sidholme Hotel
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The smaller of two of these primitive trees in the Sidholme garden. Ginkgo trees are from China where they are revered and planted in temple grounds.
1242 Indian Bean Tree
Catalpa bignonioides
Sidholme Hotel
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1243 Chusan Palm
Trachycarpus fortunei
Sidholme Hotel
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1244 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Sidford High Street
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1245 Alder
Alnus glutinosa
Knowle
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Festooned with male and female catkins.
1246 Pedunculate Oak
Quercus robur
Knowle
1247 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica Purpurea
Knowle
1248 Pedunculate Oak
Quercus robur
Knowle
1249 Black Mulberry
Morus nigra
Knowle
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Morus nigra (Otto Thome 1885)
Morus nigra (Otto Thome 1885)
The fruits are edible when they turn black.  More about Mulberries at the Royal Horticultural Society
1250 Handkerchief Tree
Davidia involucrata
Knowle
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Native to China, the Handkerchief Tree was brought to Britain just over 100 years ago. This one was planted by Sidmouth WI to mark the Millenium, it came into full flower for the first time in 2018. Read more at Kew Science
1251 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Knowle
1252 Beech
Fagus sylvatica
Knowle
1253 Black Walnut
Juglans nigra
Knowle
1254 Indian Bean Tree
Catalpa bignonioides
Knowle
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Not actually Indian at all but from the southern United States.  Nor is it a bean, but is more closely related to Snapdragons and Sage.  More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1255 Yew
Taxus baccata
Knowle
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All parts of the Yew are poisonous except the fleshy red arils that surround the seeds, the seeds themselves are poisonous.  More info at the Woodland Trust
1256 Sweet Gum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Knowle
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Grown often for their glorious autumn, their aromatic resin is used in the perfume industry.  More info at Horticulture Week.
1257 Maidenhair Tree
Ginkgo biloba
KnowleDating back before the dinosaurs, its common name refers to its leaf similarity to the Maidenhair Fern.  Surrounded by health mythology, it is actually poisonous.  More at the Eden Project
1258 Sweet Gum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Knowle
1259 Field Maple
Acer campestre
Knowle
1260 Rowan
Sorbus aucuparia
KnowleA group of four Rowans but one is in poor health.
1261 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Knowle
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1261 Horse Chestnut
1261 Horse Chestnut
One of a line of three Horse Chestnuts that were a field boundary in the old estate, note the old gate post.  More about Horse Chestnuts here.
1262 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Knowle
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One of a line of three Horse Chestnuts that were a field boundary in the old estate, note the old gate posts.  More about Horse Chestnuts here.
1263 Pin Oak
Quercus palustris
Knowle
1264 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Knowle
1265 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Knowle
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1266 Plane
Platanus hispanica
Knowle
1267 Chestnut
Castanea sativa
Knowle
1268 Lime
Tilia europaea
KnowleNothing to do with citrus fruits, there is more information on Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1269 Walnut
Juglans regia
KnowleIntroduced as a food plant by the Romans, its wood became fashionable in Georgian times.  This specimen seems to struggle in the wet clay.  More at the Woodland Trust
1270 Plane
Platanus hispanica
Knowle
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Plane flower
Plane flower
A large, mature tree with the characteristic mottled bark.  A girth of 320cm indicates an age of about 110 years, it was planted about when the hotel was redeveloped.  More info at the Woodland Trust
1271 Cabbage Palm
Cordyline australis
Knowle
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Sometimes called the Torbay Palm because there are so many planted there. Not a true palm but a member of the Asparagus family.
1272 Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
Knowle
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A smaller specimen than the one on the lawn in the garden of Knowle but with the characteristic tall, slender form.
1273 Wedding Cake Tree
Cornus controversa
Knowle
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Ornamental cousin to the Dogwood, the flat spreading plates of the branches are covered in white flowers making it look like an iced wedding cake.
1274 Yellow Mountain Ash
Sorbus aucuparia Joseph Rock
Knowle
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Autumn fruits
Autumn colour
Autumn colour
Lovely autumn colour and, unlike common Mountain Ash, the berries are a rich yellow. Planted by Kelvin and Sue Dent.
1275 Beech
Fagus sylvatica
KnowleBeech timber has an even grain that is useful for furniture.  At just over a hundred years old, this was probably planted when the Knowle Hotel was redeveloped in 1895.
1276 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
KnowleSycamores are sometimes considered a nuisance because they spread so easily but they are home to a wide variety of wildlife and may be useful if our oaks succumb to disease and climate change.  More at the Woodland Trust
1277 English Oak
Quercus robur
1278 Lawson Cypress
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
KnowleA stand of several trees that have grown tall and straight because of their closeness.
1279 Giant Redwood
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Knowle
Stands clear from Knowle Drive
Stands clear from Knowle Drive
Stands clear when viewed from the terraces.
Stands clear when viewed from the terraces.
Hardly noticeable as you walk up the path because it is surrounded by Monterey Pines, but it is actually taller than the other Redwood (1206) across the path and is the tallest tree in the gardens.
1280 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Knowle
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A stand of several Montereys that surround the Giant Redwood 1279.
1281 Acer
Acer freemanii
Knowle
Cllr Kelvin Dent of Sidmouth Town Council helping committee members to plant the Acer in the gardens of Knowle.
Cllr Kelvin Dent of Sidmouth Town Council helping committee members to plant the Acer in the gardens of Knowle.
The Acer planted safely.
The Acer planted safely.
Planted to replace the nearby Liriodendron that blew down in 2017.
1282 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Knowle
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Sapling grown from seeds taken from the large Monterey Pine 1102 in the gardens of Knowle.
1283 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Monterey sapling
Monterey sapling
Sapling grown from seeds taken from the large Monterey Pine 1102 in the gardens of Knowle.
1284 Walnut
Juglans regia
KnowleMore about Walnut trees at the Woodland Trust
1285 Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica glauca
Knowle
Blue Atlantic Cedar
Blue Atlantic Cedar
The younger of two examples side by side, it could have had a stronger stake when it was planted. Note the upward sweep of the branches compared to the downward sweep of the Deodar Cedar 1284 50m to the south.
1286 Blue Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica glauca
Knowle
Blue Atlantic Cedar
Blue Atlantic Cedar
The older of two examples side by side. Note the upward sweep of the branches compared to the downward sweep of the Deodar Cedar 1284 50m to the south.
1287 Cedar Of Lebanon
Cedrus libani
Knowle
Lebanese Cedar
Lebanese Cedar
Lebanese Cedar
Lebanese Cedar
The upward sweep of the branches is similar to the Atlas Cedars 1285 and 1286 50m to the north, but the greenery is displayed as broad flat plates.
1288 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
87 Sidford High Street
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Visible from Sidford High Street, Bramble Close and Howarth Close, this stand of Montereys has a significant softening effect on the angular street scene of Howarth Close.
1289 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle
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A lovely young tree that will, one day, succeed the mature Limes growing just over the fence.
More about Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1290 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle
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A pair of young trees that will, one day, succeed the taller mature Limes standing behind. Find out more about Limes at the Woodland Trust
1291 Manna Ash
Fraxinus ornus
Manor Road Car Park
Full bloom
Full bloom
Mottled, smooth bark
Mottled, smooth bark
Fluffy panicles
Fluffy panicles
Unlike the common Ash, the Manna Ash needs to attract insect pollinators and so has a glorious blossom display in late April early May.
1292 Manna Ash
Fraxinus ornus
Manor Road Car Park
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Fluffy panicles
Fluffy panicles
Unlike the common Ash, the Manna Ash needs to attract insect pollinators and so has a glorious blossom display in late April early May.
1293 Sessile Oak
Quercus petraea
Knowle
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One of our native oaks but much less common than the English Oak. The name sessile refers to the acorns which do not have a stalk, those of the English Oak are on long stalks. More at the Woodland Trust
1294 Walnut
Juglans regia
Knowle
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The largest of the four walnut trees in Knowle. The nuts are formed from catkins that open with the leaves during late April to early May.
1295 Indian Horse Chestnut
Aesculus indica
Knowle
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The Indian Horse Chestnut has slightly different leaves and no spines on the conker case.  See more at the Royal Horticultural Society
1296 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle ParkNothing to do with citrus fruits, there is more about Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1297 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle ParkNothing to do with citrus fruits, there is more about Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1298 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
Knowle ParkProbably self-sown from one of the older Sycamores in the park.
1299 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
Knowle ParkProbably self-sown from one of the older Sycamores in the park.
1300 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Knowle Park
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One of several Red Oaks planted in the grounds of the old hotel.  The autumn colour in England is rarely as fiery as Red Oaks achieve in their native eastern North America. More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1301 Chestnut
Castanea sativa
Knowle ParkNot to be confused with the Horse Chestnut next door.  More about chestnuts at the Woodland Trust.
1302 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Knowle ParkNot to be confused with the Sweet Chestnut next door.  More about Horse Chestnuts at the Woodland Trust.
1303 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Knowle Park
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Our soil and climate means Red Oaks rarely reach the blaze of red that is achieved in their native North America, but they still put on a good show.  More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1304 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle ParkNothing to do with citrus fruits, there is more about Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1305 Chestnut
Castanea sativa
Knowle Park
1306 Lime
Tilia europaea
Knowle ParkA group of three Limes very close together.  Nothing to do with citrus fruits, there is more about Common Limes at the Woodland Trust
1307 Beech
Fagus sylvatica
Knowle Park
1308 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
Knowle ParkTwo Sycamores, probably self sown.
1309 Birch
Betula pendula
Knowle Park
1310 Grey Alder
Alnus incana
Knowle Park
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1311 Birch
Betula pendula
Knowle ParkThree, possibly self sown, one now in very poor health.
1312 Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
Knowle Park
1314 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Knowle ParkPossibly a self sown offspring of the large Red Oak next door.
1315 Pin Oak
Quercus palustris
Knowle Park
1316 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
Knowle Park
1317 Norway Maple
Acer platanus purpurea
Knowle Park
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Glorious display of autumn colour. The 'helicopter' fruits (botanically a fruit is a part of the plant that contains seeds) of Acer species are called double samaras. The Norway Maple has large wings almost at 180 dgrees, compare to Sycamore wh
1318 Robinia
Robinia pseudoacacia
Knowle ParkA native of north America introduced to the UK in the 17th century, the Robinia or Black Locust tree is actually a member of the Pea and Bean family as shown by the racemes of white flowers in May and June. The young branches have significant thorns.
1319 Bird Cherry
Prunus padus
Knowle Park
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More at the Woodland Trust
1320 Cutleaf Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris laciniata
Knowle Park
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1321 Broad Leaved Lime
Tilia platyphyllos
Blackmore Gardens
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A row of pleached Broad Leaved Limes, pleaching is an ornamental pruning method.  More about Broad Leaved Limes at the Woodland Trust.
1322 Weeping Wych Elm
Ulmus glabra Pendula/Camperdownii
Blackmore Drive
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Thriving so it might be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, hopefully.  More about the Wych Elm at the Woodland Trust.
1323 Sweet Gum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Blackmore Gardens
Leaves turning colour
Leaves turning colour
Planted mainly for their autumn colour there is more about Sweet Gums at the Royal Horticultural Society
1324 Judas Tree
Cercis siliquastrum
Blackmore Gardens
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Called the Judas Tree because the flowers are said to be the blood of Judas as he hanged himself at Easter.  See more at the Royal Horticultural Society
1325 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Blackmore GardensOne of several in the garden, more about Copper Beeches at the Woodland Trust
1326 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Blackmore GardensOne of several in the garden, more about Copper Beeches at the Woodland Trust
1327 Holm oak
Quercus ilex
Blackmore Gardens
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The evergreen Holm Oak thrives in seaside air, more about Holm Oaks at the Woodland Trust
1328 Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris
Blackmore Gardens
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Magnificent, it is a shame they host gall wasps that are affecting English Oaks.  More about Turkey Oaks at the Woodland Trust
1329 Chusan Palm
Trachycarpus fortunei
Blackmore Gardens
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A common site around Devon seaside towns.  More about Chusan Palms at the Royal Horticultural Society
1330 Walnut
Juglans regia
Blackmore Gardens
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Walnuts seem to do quite well in Sidmouth, there are several in Knowle.  More about Walnuts at the Woodland Trust
1331 Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis
Blackmore Gardens
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Very exotic looking but Sidmouth is unlikely to be warm enough to produce edible dates.  More about the Date Palm at the Royal Horticultural Society
1332 Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata
Blackmore Gardens
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Endangered in their Californian homeland, Monterey Pines thrive in Sidmouth and there are vast forests of them in New Zealand.  More technical info at the Gymnosperm Database
1333 Holly
Ilex aquifolium
Blackmore Gardens
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Rather in the shadow of its large neighbour, with a life span of up to 300 years it should outlive the Monterey Pine.  More about Hollies at the Woodland Trust
1334 Scots Pine
Pinus sylvestris
Blackmore Gardens
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Shying away from its large neighbour, one easy way to distinguish a Scots Pine is the needles come in pairs while Monterey needles are in threes.  More about Scots Pine at the Woodland Trust
1335 Lime
Tilia x europea
Blackmore Gardens
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Also called the Linden Tree, nothing to do with citrus fruit but sit under a Lime in full flower and you will breathe a heady scent.  More about Limes at the Woodland Trust
1336 Norway Maple
Acer platanoides Crimson King
Blackmore Gardens
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A purple variety of this cousin to the Sycamore.  More about Norway Maple at the Woodland Trust
1337 Cedar Of Lebanon
Cedrus libani
Blackmore Gardens
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Three types of Cedar are planted in the UK, Lebanese Cedars have level sheet of foliage, Deodar Cedars have a downward sweep to the branches, and Atlas Cedars have an upward sweep to the branch structure.  More about Cedars at the Woodland Trust
1338 Atlas Cedar
Cedrus atlantica
Blackmore Gardens
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The upward sweep of the branches distinguishes the Atlas from the next door Lebanon Cedar with its level sheets.  More on Cedars at the Royal Horticultural Society
1339 Indian Bean Tree
Catalpa bignonioides
Blackmore Gardens
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Obviously struggling with being shaded by other trees.  The Indian in the name is an old reference to the North American Indians in whose lands the tree is native.  The beans refer to the seed pods but the tree is not related to any beans.  More about Catalpa at the Royal Horticultural Society
1340 Copper Beech
Fagus sylvatica purpurea
Blackmore Gardens
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More about Copper Beeches at the Woodland Trust
1341 Red Oak
Quercus rubra
Blackmore Gardens
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The autumn colour of Red Oaks can be spectacular, but our climate rarely allows a full show.  More about Red Oaks at the Royal Horticultural Society
1342 English Oak
Quercus robur
Blackmore Gardens
Knopper Gall
Knopper Gall
The quintessential   English tree.  It has the alternative name of Pedunculate Oak because the acorns are carried on long stalks.  Sadly, these acorns are becoming rare because an invasive wasp brought in with Turkey Oaks lays its eggs in the developing acorn which turns them into knopper galls.More about Oaks at the Woodland Trust
1344 English Oak
Quercus robur
Blackmore Gardens
Knopper Gall
Knopper Gall
The quintessential   English tree.  It has the alternative name of Pedunculate Oak because the acorns are carried on long stalks.  Sadly, these acorns are becoming rare because an invasive wasp brought in with Turkey Oaks lays its eggs in the developing acorn which turns them into knopper galls.More about Oaks at Forestry Commission Scotland
1345 Cabbage Palm
Cordyline australis
Blackmore GardensAlso called the Torquay Palm, they are not really palms at all but in the Asparagus family.  More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1346 Cider Gum
Eucalyptus gunnii
Blackmore GardensFast growing and with attractive bark, there are many Gum Trees in Sidmouth.  The leaves are tough and take ages to break down.  More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1347 Holm oak
Quercus ilex
Blackmore GardensThe evergreen Holm Oak is sometimes called the Holly Oak because the glossy leaves of young trees have small spines and look like Holly.  More at the Woodland Trust
1348 Strawberry Dogwood
Cornus kousa
Blackmore GardensThe flowers are tiny and in a tight clump, but each clump is backed by four large white bracts.  More at the Royal Horticultural Society
1349 Holm oak
Quercus ilex
Blackmore Gardens
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1350 English Oak
Quercus robur
Knowle
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One of the many mature English Oaks in the park.  More about Oaks at Historic UK.
1351 English Oak
Quercus robur
KnowleA younger tree, either self-sown or part of successional plant?  More about Oaks at the Woodland Trust
1352 Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
KnowleCurrently being prepared to be moved to make way for a four storey block of flats.  More about Ginkgos at the Eden Project
1353 Monkey Puzzle
Araucaria araucana
Knowle ParkSponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Trust, this is one of the fossil species that date back to Jurassic times.  More info at the American Conifer Society
1354 Monkey Puzzle
Araucaria araucana
Knowle ParkOne of a pair funded by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and part of the Jurassic Copse planned for the Park.  More about Araucaria at Kew Science
1355 Norway Maple
Acer platanoides Crimson King?
Knowle Drive
Norway Maple - Knowle Drive
Norway Maple - Knowle Drive
In a private garden but it enhances the street scene.  More about Norway Maples here.
1356 Serviceberry
Amelanchier x Grandiflora Princess Diana
In it goes.
In it goes.
Diana and her shrub.
Diana and her shrub.
Planted to celebrate the contribution of Diana East to the Arboretum's foundation and her years of service as Chair and President.  More about Amelanchier here.
1401 Tulip Tree
Liriodendron tulipifera
St John's SchoolMore about Tulip Trees at the Royal Horticultural Society
1402 Madrona
Arbutus sp.
St John's School
1403 Monterey Cypress
Cupressus macrocarpa
St John's SchoolVisible from the Broadway where it can be compared with the large Monterey Pine across the road.
1404 Crab Apple
Malus sp.
1405 Horse Chestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum
St John's SchoolVisible from Convent Road
1406 Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris
St John's SchoolVisible from Convent Road.
1407 Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris
St John's School
1408 Sessile Oak
Quercus petraea
St John's School
1409 Turkey Oak
Quercus cerris
St John's School
1410 Lombardy Poplar
Populus nigra Italica
St John's School
1411 Leylandii
Cupressocyparis leylandii
St John's School
1412 Field Maple
Acer campestre
St John's School
1413 Silver Birch
Betula pendula
St John's School
1414 Willow
Salix sp.
St John's School
1415 Plane
Platanus x. hispanica
St John's School
1416 Rowan
Sorbus aucuparia
St John's School
1417 Rowan
Sorbus aucuparia
St John's School
1418 Plane
Platanus x. hispanica
St John's School
1419 Holly
Ilex aquifolium
St John's School
1420 Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
St John's School
1421 Robinia
Robinia pseudoacacia
St John's School
1422 Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
St John's School
1423 Cypress
Cupressus sp.
St John's School
1424 Holly
Ilex aquifolium
St John's School
1425 Norway Maple
Acer platanus purpurea
St John's School
1426 Norway Maple
Acer platanus purpurea
St John's School
1427 Larch
Larix sp.
St John's School
1428 Kohuhu
Pittosporum tenuifolium
St John's School
1429 Lime
Tilia x europea
St John's School
1430 Alder
Alnus glutinosa
St John's School
1431 English Oak
Quercus robur
St John's School
1432 English Oak
Quercus robur
St John's School
1433 Poplar
Populus nigra
St John's School
1434 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
St John's School
1435 Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
St John's School
1436 Sycamore
Acer pseudoplatanus
St John's School
1437 Ash
Fraxinus excelsior
St John's School
1438 Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba
Cotmaton Road
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Glorious autumn colour on this 'living fossil'.  More about Ginkgos here.