Forest of Dean (3), Gloucestershire
 
Spindle Tree Fruits, Cyril Hart Arboretum.

Spindle Tree Fruits, Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean.

Spindle Tree Flowers are small and white, unlike the colourful fruits and their capsules which appear in autumn, and the timber is creamy-white, hard and dense and in the past was used to make ‘spindles’ for spinning and holding wool (hence its name).

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Cyril Hart Arboretum.
Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean.

This tree was labelled as a Norway Maple but it doesn't look like any other maple that we have seen. The leaves are unlike other maple leaves and are more like oak leaves. I have included Amanda's hand to show just how large the leaves are but we don't know what it is.

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Cyril Hart Arboretum.
Monkey Puzzle Trees, Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean.

The Monkey Puzzle tree grows to about 130 feet in height and these specimens are pretty tall but I wouldn't like to guess their height. It is an evergreen tree and the leaves are said to have a life of about 24 years.

It's native habitat is the Chilean and Argentinian south-central Andes and is sometimes called the Chilean Pine.

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Cyril Hart Arboretum.
Cyril Hart Arboretum, Forest of Dean.

This picture shows the variety of shades of green that can be seen in the arboretum.

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