Nyssa sylvatica ''Sheffield Park''. Photo by Gerard
A casual stroll around the botanic garden at this time of
year may inspire you to find room in your garden for some
special autumn colour.
The autumn display is looking particularly good this season -
it's the perfect time to admire deciduous trees at their
My favourite autumn tree is normally the American sweet gum,
Its leaves are similar in shape to maple leaf. They shout out
with an amazing range of colour from deepest reds and
purples, which are almost black, through to oranges and
yellow shades. But this year another tree is competing
through its fantastic autumn display, Nyssa sylvatica
`Sheffield Park'. It is looking spectacular at the moment.
It is planted near the rose garden, but I think everyone is
by-passing the roses to look at this tree. With an elegant
shape and a glowing autumn colour, combining green leaves and
intense reds and oranges, this tree just has everything going
To allow the trees to grow to their full potential, a larger
garden is best. I think the Liquidambar may have a
rival for my affections now.
Maybe I'll will have to find room in my home garden to add
another tree to accent this exciting time of year.
There are a number of Liquidambar and Nyssa
species planted in the arboretum at Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Linda Hellyer is curator of the rose garden at at
Dunedin Botanic Garden.