Arboretum Wespelaar is OPEN on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm (you can exit the Arboretum until 6pm through the parking) until Sunday November 16th. Groups are also welcome on other days on request. For more practical informations, please go to "Contact and visits".
The Arboretum is preparing for Autumn. The wilder grass areas between the trees have been mowed, leaves are starting to change color, and flowers are replaced by fruits. However, one special tree in the Marnef Wood is only starting to flower now. Franklinia alatamaha (plot 137 and 134) only starts showing its wonderful white flowers when the leaves are changing color. This tree is extinct in nature. The genus Franklinia only has one species, and belongs to the tea plant family (Theaceae), just like Stewartia and Camellia. Magnolias are also interesting in Autumn. The red aggregate fruit can be impressive and can have very strange shapes. Once opened, the seeds can be seen from far because of their bright orange aril. The capsules of Euonymus americanus (plot 127) are amusing too. They are covered with slightly spiny scales. In English it is called Strawberry bush but the fruit is definitely not eatable!
Visit our image gallery to see pictures of the Arboretum in all seasons!