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Rare Tree Planted in Chipping Campden

Written by on 29th November 2021

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee a tree has been planted in the Ernest Wilson Memorial garden in Chipping Campden. Ernest Wilson, the famous plant hunter who introduced more plants to cultivation than any other collector, was born in Chipping Campden in 1876. The idea of a memorial garden was conceived in 1976 to commemorate the centenary of his birth, and the garden was opened to the public in 1984. The garden is planted mainly with of a collection of over a hundred Wilson introductions. The new tree is a rare Poliothyrsis sinensis  and has been donated by Royal Botanic Garden Kew.  It was grown from seed from the original tree introduced by Wilson from central China and planted in 1908.
Poliothyrsis sinensis is a small deciduous tree suitable for full sun or partial shade. The foliage is green and red-tinged when young and turns orange or red in the autumn. In mid to late summer it has frothy orange blossom which fades to cream as it ages. The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. It invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.  Visitors can see the new tree and other Wilson plants by visiting the Ernest Wilson Garden in Leasbourne, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AD which is open daily. There is no charge but donations are welcomed. Full information is available on the website: We welcome people to become Friends and donors.

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