Tree Selection

Trees Introduction

The trees we have planted so far have been selected to give all round interest and variety. As you can see they are beautiful in many different ways, with different shaped leaves and changing colours through the seasons. They also bring a variety of flowers and catkins in spring and summer, and then in autumn, fruit, cones and seeds of many types.

They have also been chosen specifically to suit the site and soil at Hampshire Farm Meadows, and with the climate, both now and in the future, in mind. The Planting Programme will first establish the main layout of the site, with larger trees providing structure and shelter from the wind, before adding other trees in a planned layout.

Tap on a tree's name to discover more information about it and also locate it in the arboretum.


Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

A fast-growing conifer with fibrous, orange-brown bark, making a large, narrowly conical tree to 25m tall. Soft, bright green leaflets are held in two opposite ranks, giving the leaves a feathery appearance. Unusually for a conifer, this species is deciduous and the foliage takes on a tawny brown colour before dropping in autumn.

European Hop Hornbeam

Ostrya carpinifolia

European Larch

Larix decidua

European White Elm

Ulmus laevis

A large fast growing tree with an open, ascending, broad-oval crown which will eventually become round. Does not seem to host the elm bark beetle so is less susceptible to Dutch elm disease. Tolerant of damp or dry conditions and an exposed location. It can withstand some flooding.

Freeman's Maple

Acer x Freemani ‘Autumn Blaze’

A natural hybrid of Acer rubrum and Acer saccharinum combining the reliable autumn colouration of the former with the vigour and soil tolerance of the latter. Leaves are orange/red in autumn. A large fast growing tree. Tolerant of damp or dry conditions, requires some shelter.

Giant Redwood

Sequoiadendron giganteum

A very large and long-lived evergreen tree that can reach up to 30m in our location. As a young tree it, has a densely branched, conical habit. Tolerates dry or damp locations and an exposed location. Originally from the western flanks of S. Sierra Nevada in California.


Carpinus betulus 'Rockhampton Red'

Fantastic cultivar of our native hornbeam combining its ease of cultivation with a reliable, persistent red autumn display. Tolerates dry or damp locations and an exposed location.

Japanese Elm

Zelkova serrata

A spreading medium-sized deciduous tree with smooth grey bark and neatly toothed, lance-shaped leaves turning orange and yellow in autumn. Greenish flowers and fruits.