The Red Tree Trail
Fifty Trees of Distinction
Birr Castle Demesne
Counties Offaly and Tipperary, Ireland

Pictures to Accompany the Guide
by Prof. D. A. Webb and the Earl of Rosse

Please note that this website is not affiliated with the Birr Castle Demesne.  Its contents were not solicited by nor are they approved by the Earl and Countess of Rosse, nor by the staff of the Birr Castle Demesne, nor by Professor Webb.  This website contains only snapshots of the trees along the remarkable trail taken by a tourist on holiday.  Any errors contained herein are due to the photographer, and no one else.

Images taken in August, 2006
by Sherwood Harrington
DeAnza College
Cupertino, California, USA
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1.  Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula' (weeping beech)

2.  Quercus cerris (Turkey oak)

3.  Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' (blue Atlas cedar)

4.  Magnolia delavayi

5.  Carrierea calycina

6.  Magnolia dawsoniana

7.  Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey cypress)

8.  Prunus avium 'Plena' (wild cherry)

9.  Ehretia dicksonii

10.  Cupressus sempervirens (Italian cypress)

11.  Platanus x acerifolia (London plane)

12.  Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'

13.  Rhododendron augustinii

14.  Quercus suber (cork oak)

15.  Populus canescens (grey poplar)

16.  Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine)

17.  Quercus ilex (holm oak)

18.  Cornus nuttallii (Pacific dogwood)

19.  Fagus sylvatica (common beech)

20.  Salix alba 'Britzensis' (golden willow)

21.  Quercus robur (common oak)

22.  Taxodium distichum (swamp cypress)

23.  Metasequoia glyptostroboides (dawn redwood)

24.  Pseudotsuga meniziesii (Douglas fir)

25.  Populus lasiocarpa (Chinese necklace poplar)

26.  Quercus wislizenii

27.  Sequoia sempervirens (coastal redwood)

28.  Picea omorika (Serbian spruce)

29.  Quercus petraea (Sessile oak or Durmast oak)

30.  Picea likiangensis

31.  Picea spinulosa (weeping spruce)

32.  Eucalyptus gunnii (cider gum)

33.  Thuja plicata (western red cedar)

34.  Larix laricina (tamarack)

35.  Fagus orientalis (oriental beech)

36.  Fagus sylvatica 'Birr Zebra'

37.  Fagus sylvatica 'Aurea Pendula' (golden weeping beech)

38.  Sequoiadendron giganteum (giant redwood)

39.  Cedrela sinensis (now Toona sinensis) (Chinese cedar)

40.  Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' (Irish yew)

41.  Buxus sempervirens (box hedges)

42.  Paeonia 'Anne Rosse'

43.  Ginko biloba (maidenhair tree)

44.  Nothofagus obliqua (roble)

45.  Nothofagus procera (rauli)

46.  Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' (copper beech)

47.  Corylus colurna (Turkish filbert or hazel)

48.  Betula ermanii (Manchurian birch)

49.  Euodia daniellii (now Tetradium daniellii)

50.  Juniperus rigida (temple juniper)