Mudgee dazzles in autumn

In the town and the countryside, autumn leaves are bursting forth everywhere.

Mudgee’s main street, Church Street, is lined on both sides by Manchurian Pear trees. They’re approaching their full display of vivid shades from crimson to buttery yellow. In private gardens, visionary gardeners have created autumn displays which are enjoyed by all.



The car park in a block of flats in west Mudgee has this colourful Manchurian Pear tunnel  

Out in the countryside, escapees have found a foothold and dazzle with unexpected splashes of vivid colour.


Gorgeous fiery colours in this random deciduous on the Hill End Road

The poplars, which have spread far and wide over the centuries, bring their lovely shades of yellow and gold to complement the greys and greens of our native vegetation.


Poplars looking lovely among the grasses and gum trees in this pastoral scene on the Lue Road

The river banks are scenes of autumnal tranquillity…


Cudgegong River reflects poplars near Lawson Park

Here, there and everywhere in our streetscapes, the full autumn palette is on display. From claret ash…


to Pin Oak…


to Liquidambar…


Ornamental grape forms a glowing curtain…


Leaf-fall from Manchurian pear makes a magical carpet underfoot…


My favourite, this spectacular row of luminous London Plane trees on the Lue Road- a delight to all who see it.


It’s a very long row of well cared for trees- I couldn’t capture it all! Someone has worked hard to nurture these trees. I hope that person knows how much they are appreciated.


There’s more to come before the season ends. I’m looking forward to the Lombardy poplars which are just beginning to turn…in a few more weeks they will be phenomenal.

If you know the story behind the row of London Planes, I’d be very interested to hear it.

What’s looking autumnal in your part of the world?

Get in touch with me via the Contact field on the top right hand side of the page.

Happy gardening and keep cosy!

Update 16 May 2018: I have added below some photos of the foliage and bark of that unidentified deciduous tree in the featured image of this post. Tony Tomeo, I’m counting on you!


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Its wonderful to get a peek at the fine autumn foliage that you’re enjoying. The colours are lovely! We got a blast of gale wind the other night and most of the leaves our deciduous garden trees had just shed all at once, now sitting in a colourful heap under each tree!

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      Bad luck about the wind, but the fallen leaves are lovely in their own way too. Our Manchurian Pears flower beautifully in August, but often the wind whips them off too soon!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Beautiful photos of Autumn in Mudgee, Jane. I have often wondered about that row of London plane trees too! They’re looking magnificent just now.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    How amusing that North American trees have worked their way into your landscape like eucalypti have naturalized here. Is the tree of the second picture some sort of maple, or just an oak?

    1. My Dream Garden says:

      Hi Tony, I don’t know what type of tree it is- the leaves definitely aren’t maple-like. Several people have asked, but my knowledge of deciduous trees is very limited. I’ll try to get some close-up photos of the leaves.

      1. tonytomeo says:

        Yes, if you send pictures of the leaves, I should be able to identify at least the genus, and perhaps the specie if it is a North American tree.

      2. My Dream Garden says:

        Hi Tony, I drove out today and got some photos of the bark and foliage of that tree, and have added these at the end of the post- looking forward to your thoughts!

      3. tonytomeo says:

        Pistacia chinensis – Chinese pistache! That color is exquisite! It is typical of the specie, but the form is a bit different from what is typical. They are typically broader than tall, and not so well rounded. They were the best rated street tree in Morgan Hill, although they do need some pruning for clearance above the roadways and sidewalks. Some of the older (seed grown) trees can be messy. Modern trees are all male. I can remember some of these at the old City Hall building in San Jose. They are popular here because they do not need much chill to color well.

Please leave a comment, and follow or subscribe via email!