The deciduous woody genus Dipteronia is known for its winged seeds.
In the nursery is a superior form of Dipteronia sinensis. Collected in Sichuan province, China during 1997. The round, coin like, flattened seed capsules on this plant are striking in their mass and colouration. A specimen growing on the edge of the copse within the Garden is not as decorative, with the papery wing browning rather than reddening.
The hanging mass of these tinged red, winged carpels when lit through by early morning sun remind us that autumn is arriving. Take advantage of these warm sunny days now the barometer leads us to believe a spell of dry settled weather is with us to enjoy a walk through the Garden.