Mount Pleasant Arboretum

Mount Pleasant Arboretum ( also known as Rockhampton Arboretum)

This private tree collection occupies about 5 acres. All the trees have been planted since 1980 and the vast majority have been planted since 1990.
Mount Pleasant is situated on the edge of the river Severn flood plain at an elevation of about 20 metres. The river is only about a mile away and the site is quite windy. Despite the proximity of the Severn estuary winter temperatures can be quite low, -7C is quite common and the lowest I have recorded is about – 15C. The site is almost flat and the soil is alkaline shallow heavy loam over red marl, this results in most areas becoming waterlogged in winter and suffering from drought in most summers.
Beech and maples do not grow well so very few are planted.
The tree collection is unlikely to be of much interest except to tree enthusiasts
Oaks, Lime and Hornbeam grow well as do Poplars and Sequoiadendron..
Squirrels are very numerous and cause severe damage to many of the trees.

A few of the highlights of the collection are:
The original parent tree of Pterocarya stenoptera Fern Leaf which was discovered here.
Probably the largest Populus tomentosa in the country ( although only 25 years old and 20 metres high)
Pterocarya x rehderiana
Quercus canariensis
Many different Lime species and cultivars
The original parent tree of Carpinus betulus Rockhampton Red. ( and many young specimens) This tree was discovered here.
Populus maximowiczii
The arboretum is not open to the public.

GGL 5.10.16

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