Friday, October 26, 2012 - 17:00

Autumn has brought with it a dazzling palette of seasonal colour at the Eden Project as the outdoor plants turn to fetching shades of red, russet, orange and yellow.

The landscape is dominated by the striking red and orange leaves of the Sweet Gum (Liquidambar Styraciflua), whose fiery foliage is complimented by purple-leaved plum trees, red viburnum and yellow willow.

Sweet Gum trees are native to southern and eastern states of the US and their name derives from the aromatic resin emitted from their bark.

Don Murray, Chair of Horticulture at the Eden Project, said: “Despite being relatively young, the gardens are maturing very well and provide all-year-round interest and beauty for gardeners and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

“Eden's outdoor landscape features a unique and wide range of plants and they have combined to create perhaps our most colourful autumn yet. The vibrant plant palette is the perfect backdrop to a walk through Eden on a chilly day.”

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