Autumn plant highlights

Our expert horticulturist, Shirley Walker, has these suggestions of what to spot at Eden this autumn.


Outdoor Gardens: Sweetgum tree, Liquidambar styraciflua

From east USA, and ablaze with orange, red and purple this month. Once the leaves are gone, keep an eye out for the hard, spiny fruits instead.

Rainforest Biome: Cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao

A tree that grows chocolate,
what more could you ask for? Come and see the many different kinds growing in our chocolate exhibit, including varieties from Mexico, Ecuador, French Guiana and Brazil. The tree trunks will be covered in pods at this time of year (only the trunks and major branches are strong enough to support their weight).

Mediterranean Biome: Capsicum exhibit

These pretty chilli peppers originated in the Americas and Christopher Columbus was one of the first Europeans to encounter them. We grow a variety, ranging from sweet peppers, with no heat at all, to the Dorset Naga, one of the hottest chillies in the world.