Tag: tree

84 Year old Cherry felled in last nights winds at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Last night (5/12/19) the forecast high winds caused us to cancel our Christmas light show. The highest gust recorded in the garden was 43mph. This was enough to…

#NationalTreeWeek @TheBotanics 2019 What are we planting this year?

National Tree Week marks the traditional start of the winter tree planting season. We are celebrating from the 23rd November to the 1st December. “National Tree Week is…

Ganoderma wood decay on Nothofagus betuloides

The extent of decay of Nothofagus betuloides by Ganoderma revealed.

Nothofagus betuloides branch failure due to wood decay fungi.

Failure of Nothofagus betuloides branch due to wood decay in the Secret Garden

The Huricane of 1968

January the 15th 2018 is the 50th anniversary of The 1968 Hurricane. A deadly storm that moved through the central belt of Scotland. At the time it was the worst gale in…

The Sweet Chestnut project (The Afterlife of a Tree)

Building on the biodiversity the garden supports  Regular visitors to the garden will have noticed a mature Sweet Chestnut in the later stages of its life with only a…

Betula alleghaniensis

First frost and autumn colour

Early sunshine and heavy dew this morning, yet on the front lawns the dew had crystallised as the first ground frost of autumn. With it are signs of…

Lithocarpus elegans – an old tree but new to the Botanics

One aspect of the Sibbald funded verification project I’m involved with at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is the identification of plants that are currently growing in the garden…

Araucaria araucana

A chance seedling

Weeding through the border carefully, and before a size 10 tackety boot crushed it, eagle eyed, we spotted a seedling of the Monkey Puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana. An…

The national tree, Scots Pine : Pinus sylvestris

The national tree

The Scots Pine is an iconic tree within the Scottish landscape. Easily recognisable with its reddish trunk, best appreciated during a west coast sunset when the rays from…

Calling all tree huggers

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is putting out the call for people to help break the world record for tree hugging. The Garden is joining forces with ten…

Figuring out your Tree

Part 1: The Very Basics The analyses are finally over, you can fill in those blanks in the results section, and really start dealing with all those hypotheses…

Sulphur Polypore

This stunning Laetiporus sulphureus fungus- commonly known as sulphur polypore or chicken of the woods- has recently appeared on a Nothofagus betuloides in the garden. The fungus causes…

Bracing a Zelkova sinica

Last week the Arboretum team installed Boa bracing in this Zelkova sinica. The fork at the base of the tree had become unstable in recent high winds so…