Arboretum Wespelaar is OPEN on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm (you can exit the Arboretum until 6pm through the parking), from April 1st to November 15th included. Groups are also welcome on other days on request (with guide). For more practical informations, please go to "Contact and visits".
The Arboretum didn’t suffer too much from the drought after all. Apart from some rusty spots in the lawn and some trees starting to shedding their leaves, the overall impression is that of a sea of green. The main eye catcher for the moment are the hydrangeas. In the Wernerbos they flower in abundance: Hydrangea paniculata ' Unique ' (plot 154), Hydrangea paniculata ' Brussels ' Lace ' (plot 119), Hydrangea paniculata ' Papillon ' (plot 120) and en Hydrangea macrophyla ‘Mariesii Perfecta’ (plot 121). In the Verlatbos, the bright orange fruits of the wild Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) add some extra colour. In the Magnolia meadow the paper-like fruit boxes of Koelreuteria paniculata (plot 210) are a real feast for the eye, but also the numerous fruit catkins of the hornbeams (Carpinus japonica, Carpinus cordata, Carpinus caroliniana subsp. virginiana ...) in plot 211 are beautiful as well.
In the courtyard Vitex agnus-castus ' Alba ' is flowering. The slender flower panicles look a lot like those of Buddleja species. Linnaeus described the plant and named it 1753. Agnus-castus refers to the heavenly lamb, symbol of chastity and innocence. The English name is Monk pepper: in the Middle Ages the monks used the ground fruits as a substitute for black pepper to suppress sexual desires (so acting as an anaphrodisiacum). However, this has not yet been confirmed by scientific research. The fruits would have a harmonizing effect on the female hormonal system.
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