The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Parrotiopsis  Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana

Parrotiopsis leaf A rare plant that is native to the western Himalayas, especially in Kashmir. It has flowers that are similar to those of a flowering dogwood with pretty central, yellow flower clusters that are surrounded by striking ivory-white bracts 2 - 3 cm across in spring.

The leaves are alternate, simple, roundish; 2 to 3.5" long; dark green and pubescent; non-showy to yellow in the autumn. It will grow to be a large shrub or eventually a small tree, reaching a height of 2 - 3 m and a spread of 2 m in 10 - 15 years.

In its native regions the wood is used for making rope bridges and is also used in basket weaving.

Location : two in the special collection below the walled garden; compartment 24; square K10.