When we talk about winter colour in the landscape, we usually think of witch hazels, crocuses and dogwoods, but a recent site visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum was a great reminder of the richness and complexity of the winter palette.

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Rhododendrons and bamboos amongst the larches in Paddock Wood. Originally planted for forestry purposes, it is likely that these larches will need to be felled in the near future due to a nearby outbreak of Phytophtora ramorum. Great care will be needed to preserve the collection that is planted under the shelter of the larches.

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Pinus armandii, introduced to Europe from Yunnan by Père Armand David in the mid 19th century. The photograph doesn’t do justice to the brilliance of the needles on a sunny day: part of the magic of being amongst the trees.

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Sorbus caloneura. The emergence of the leaves is a beautiful sight, flickering along the branches. This selection by Jim Russell has a slightly different shape to the S. caloneura we commonly see: it has a graceful, open and spreading habit.