The best fall colours yet - let's enjoy!

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  1. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    The fall colours in the Metro Vancouver has been the best I have seen since we moved here over 20 years ago. It must have been the late warm spell in, and the not so dry summer that has brought us this bonanza. Here are some examples, and hopefully, more to come.

    Katsura - Cercidiphyllum japonicium
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    Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
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    I spent the past year taking a three part plant id course and loved it. I have become much more sensitive to the color and detail in my environment; this fall in Seattle has been, and is a special treat..
     
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    Good grief at the bloodgood..yikes!

    If thats in your garden your the luckiest person I know.

    The orange one is unusual and never seen around the UK
     
  4. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    None of these are in my garden - just in the neighbourhood. I get a great view of a large part of the city of Vancouver from my office windows, looking North and West. Having gazed out of the same windows for the past 15 years, I have to say that the trees are showing some of the most intense fall colours that I have ever seen.

    I thought I had better enjoy it before we say "Hi!" to Old Man Winter.

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    Silver surfer Contributor 10 Years

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    Weekend Gardener... Stunning pics. How do you ever manage to get any work done with that amazing view from your office. I would spend all day just looking out of the window. You actually get PAID for being there????

    Cercidiphyllum japonicum is also found in the U.K. usually just in parks and large gardens. I just love that candyfloss/toffee apple smell that the trees have in the autumn/fall.

    Love the Oxydendrum arboreum too. I wonder how old that one is? Our seems incredible slow... more like a bonsai!
     
  6. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Ooops, forgot to label that one.

    Here are more, from the grounds of the Riverview Hospital - which is quite an arboretum in itself.

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  7. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Many so-called 'Bloodgood' are seedlings rather than true-to-name grafted plants of the original cultivar. The habit of the one shown does not look typical for the cultivar, which tends to produce a tall elevated crown.
     
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    Good to know.
     
  9. Katalina25

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    Sigh...

    Weekend gardener..coming to live there lolol and blinks what a veiw for you to work in .

    Luddite,

    Thanks about the Cercidiphyllum japonicum

    Ron:
    Thanks to you too.

    I must say I love that tree thats bowing to the right Weekend gardner...top image second lot.
     
  10. Weekend Gardener

    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Katalina, that's a very old maple, growing at the south west corner of East Lawn. I don't know how old it is exactly - it just looks ancient. No idea as to the variety.

    Ron,
    I agree with you. We have Bloodgood, and it's growth habit looks different from the one in the picture. However, the one in the picture is a multi-trunked tree - if that makes any difference.
     
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    Yes weekend gardner it looks it. I wonder did it grow that way by chance (slanted) or is it like my new one and is a one off growth? Its like one day a hurracane blew and the tree stayed like that...lolol

    Is it ok to have a copy and put it on my forum credited back of course to both you and Botanical gardens. Someone may know the variety. Its ok if not.
    Thanks!

    I just had another look lol Boy on a freezing morning snuggling under the duvet and seeing that tree in full color blowing in the breeze...yeeeees please.ha!
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    The influence on the direction of growth is a very large tree growing close by. It's reaching for sun light.
     
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    Thats very interesting Weekendgardener,

    See, even in the face of adversity you can't stop nature :D

    and thanks for..
     
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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    From Queen Elizabeth Park

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    Love the pics.
    Been looking back to the pics from River view that you posted on 29th October... 49649... just wondering ...is it a Cercidiphyllum japonicum pendulum? That is one huge tree!
     
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    Hello!

    Wow - those trees are stunning! I love fall. The colors are unbelievable! Thanks for the wonderful shots.
     
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    Oh give over weekend gardener..its such a sin to be jealous you know (me) lolol

    Thanks again!
     
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    Hello!

    No need to be jealous - just grow something more appropriate for your area.
     
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    Our autumn was not so good. I do live in an area where nth hemisphere trees do very well BUT it has been too dry and warm in the last few years. However we got a few good bursts of rain and the spring has been stunning. Rhodos , azalea and bulbs as well as all the natives. Think its going to be a long hot summer again....and again.....

    Liz
     
  20. Weekend Gardener

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    Luddite, I believe that's a weeping beech.

    Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
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    Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
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    33rd Avenue, looking east towards Knight Street
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    Hello Weekend Gardener:

    Those pics are sooooo gorgeous! I love the red one, but the row of trees along the street, is simply stunning! Thanks for the peeks......
     
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    Weekend Gardner hya,

    Whats the chance of the Maple posted ( Ooops, forgot to label that one.) Top image. the one I took from you being a sugar Maple?

    I don't think so. Remember its the one caught by the wind (thats what I said lol)

    Canadians seem to think its the Sugar Maple.
     

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