Castle Park Tree Trail

Tree trail guide
Copper Beech (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea)

1. Copper Beech (Fagus Sylvatica Purpurea)

This tree has been in the park for approximately 200 years. it is a deciduous specimen that is know as a purple beech because of the colour of it’s foliage during the spring.

Swamp Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)

2. Swamp Cypress (Taxodium Distichum)

A deciduous coniferous tree, with soft leaves and branches that are arranged alternately. It has a light-green foliage that turns rich yellow-brown during the autumn.

Walnut (Juglans Regia)

3. Walnut (Juglans Regia)

A deciduous broad-leafed tree that was introduced to the UK by the Romans. The leaves are aromatic when crushed. Juglans regia ‘royal nut of Jupiter’.

Korean Fir (Abies Koreana)

4. Korean Fir (Abies Koreana)

An evergreen ornamental tree. Known for its abundant cone production. It has a dark green foliage with silver grey undersides and violet-purple cylindrical cones.

Weeping Beech (Fagus Sylvatica ‘Pendula’)

5. Weeping Beech (Fagus Sylvatica ‘Pendula’)

This tree is a deciduous cultivated variety of the European beech. Close inspection of the trunk will show where it has been propagated by grafting.

Cedar (Cedrus Deodar)

6. Cedar (Cedrus Deodar)

An evergreen tree with pale green leaves in tufts like those of the larch. It has large barrel shaped cones which ripen in the second year. Our cedar has a large ‘witch’s broom’ growing in the upper branches, caused by fungus.

Red Oak (Quercus Rubra)

7. Red Oak (Quercus Rubra)

A large deciduous broadleaf tree native to North America, with rich autumn colours. It can hold its leaves well into winter.

Yew (Taxus Baccata)

8. Yew (Taxus Baccata)

An evergreen tree known for its longevity. Used in topiary because it can readily produce shoots from its branches and trunk. As the source of the English longbow, it was grown in churchyards where it had some protection.

Dove Tree (Davidia Involucrate)

9. Dove Tree (Davidia Involucrate)

Originates from China. Mature trees live up to their name during May when they are covered in large white flowers.

Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus)

10. Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus)

Similar to the beech but with long catkins, and each pair of fruits attached to a leaf-like structure. Yearlong leaf cover makes it a haven for wildlife.

‘Elephant’ Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)

11. ‘Elephant’ Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)

Known locally as the ‘Elephant tree’ this specimen is in fact a common beech. Beech is associated with femininity and is often regarded as the ‘queen’ of British trees.

Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica)

12. Japanese Red Cedar (Cryptomeria Japonica)

A large ever-green tree that produces spherical cones. These trees were introduced to Britain in 1861.

Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea)

13. Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea)

The official national tree of Ireland, it towers in the woodland. A deciduous broadleaf tree with stalkless (sessile) acorns directly attached to the twigs at their base.

Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron)

14. Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron)

This tree was raised in Frodsham from a seed of the General Sherman (Sequoia National Park, California) which is the largest tree in the world. The General is over 2,500 years old and estimated to weight 1,200 tons. Leaves of the Wellingtonia smell of aniseed when crushed.

Cherry (Prunus Avium Plena)

15. Cherry (Prunus Avium Plena)

Related to the wild cherry tree, with blousy white flowers that hang in clusters. Its fruit is bright red to dark purple, cultivating midsummer.

Small-leaved Lime (Tilia Cordata)

16. Small-leaved Lime (Tilia Cordata)

A large deciduous tree with heart shaped leaves. Lime trees were often planted along roadsides by royal decree as they were thought to bring good luck during harvests. Its blossom has a rich sweet scent that attracts an array of wildlife.

Lobel Elm (Ulmus Lobel)

17. Lobel Elm (Ulmus Lobel)

The Dutch hybrid cultivator grown for its resistance to Dutch Elm disease. Often planted in coastal areas due to its resistance against sea winds.

Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa)

18. Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa)

A deciduous tree that can live up to 700 years old. Produces edible fruit wrapped in a green spiky case.

Golden Weeping Willow (Salix ‘Chrysocoma’)

19. Golden Weeping Willow (Salix ‘Chrysocoma’)

Planted in an area that was once a large pond. The weeping willow is a beautiful ornamental deciduous tree with long weeping branches. It thrives in damp soil.