A HIGHLY rare tree that comes from China has finally come into flower after weeks of anticipation.

The 25-year-old specimen of Emmenopterys henryi has flowered for only the sixth time in the UK and now resides at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.

As expected, Batsford’s rare tree has produced clusters of beautiful white flowers, surrounded by soft white bracts, around the top of the tree.

Its first flowering was in Wakehurst gardens, West Sussex in 1997 and so this is a fantastic achievement for the team at Batsford Arboretum.

Team members at the gardens expect the recent heatwave may be behind the impressive flowering of the Emmenopterys tree.

Regular updates will be available on the Batsford’s website at batsarb.co.uk