Keele University’s flowering cherry collection in full bloom

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Some of Keele's flowering cherry trees

Some of Keele's flowering cherry trees on campus

Posted on 28 March 2011

One of the UK’s largest collections of flowering cherry trees will soon be in full bloom in North Staffordshire.

Keele University’s campus is home to more than 150 varieties of flowering cherries, which will reach their peak flowering period in the next two weeks.

As well as the cherry collection, Keele’s arboretum boasts many other trees of interest set among pleasant grounds, including a horse chestnut planted in 1901 near Keele Hall to commemorate a visit by Edward VII, a sweet chestnut by Sneyd House with a girth of five metres, a number of Giant Sequoias and a Cedar of Lebanon.

A leaflet on the arboretum with two guided walks is available from the Chancellor's Building or the 24-hour reception on campus, or it can be downloaded from . Access to the campus is open to all and parking is free at weekends.

Keele’s arboretum expert Dave Emley said:  “Of all the cherries grown, the Japanese garden cherries are usually the most treasured.  These have been mostly bred in Japanese gardens for centuries and they vary tremendously in the colour, size and display of their flowers.  At this time of year, parks, gardens and roadsides are a blaze of pinks and whites. We are delighted to have such an important collection of these beautiful trees here at Keele.”

For more information about Keele’s flowering cherry collection see