Stunning Oaks in Autumn
Perhaps nothing has the majesty of an Oak tree. Many of the American species add brilliant autumn colour to this majestic presence and grow faster than our native oaks. Many of the collection at Thornhayes are looking good now and will do so into November. Red Oak Quercus rubra (leaf detail, immediately below) is well known, but Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea (full specimen below), Pin Oak Quercus palustris and Black Oak Quercus velutina are more spectacular in autumn leaf. They make large trees, so are not an option for every site, but are long lived, very hardy and resistant to wind so are excellent choices for commemorative trees.