Trees

 

Acacia baileyana (AGM-H2/3)

The 'Cootamundra Wattle' makes a large, graceful evergreen shrub with fern-like, silvery grey leaves and masses of small yellow flowerheads in late winter and spring. A tender shrub that can be pot grown and given frost protection in a bright place during winter. Can reach several metres in height but usually much less if pot grown. When in growth water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter, keeping barely moist.

 

Acacia nanodealbata 

A seldom seen evergreen wattle which is essentially a smaller version of dealbata with masses of grey green fern-like foliage topped by stunning, fluffy yellow flowers in early spring. Needs a sunny, sheltered spot in any well drained soil where it may cope with lows of around -10C. A good choice for growing in a pot with winter protection, ensuring adequate water and feed when in growth. Reaches an approxiamte height of 2m, maybe more if planted outdoors. Rare.

 

Acacia pravissima (AGM-H3)

A loosely-branched, medium-sized shrub, becoming semi-weeping, of a most unusual yet graceful appearance. A stunning sight in spring when covered in a mass of small yellow flowers. When planted in a sunny position, in well drained soil, pravissima had been doing very well in our climate until the 2010/11 winter where many suffered. Can reach a height of 3 to 4m with a spread of 3m but prune after flowering if size needs to be restricted.

 

Acacia retinodes

The 'Swamp Wattle' makes a spreading evergreen shrub with narrowly lance-shaped foliage and spherical lemon yellow flowerheads borne in short axillary clusters intermittently through the year. A fairly tender shrub that can be pot grown and given frost protection in a bright place during winter. May withstand around or even below -5C if given a warm, protected spot in free draining soil. Can reach several metres in height but usually much less if pot grown. 

 

Acer davidii  

A lovely ornamental tree with jade green bark covered with snake-like white stripes which are particularly eye-catching in winter. Dark green leaves in spring and summer, turning shades of orange and yellow before falling in autumn. Best planted in a sheltered area, out of cold winds, where the elegant habit and bark can be seen. Prefers sun or semi shade in any well drained fertile soil. Reaches 6m high and wide after 10 yrs, eventually reaching 15m.

Acer davidii 'Rosalie' 
A choice multi-stemmed, deciduous tree with purple-blue striped bark in winter, turning purple green in summer, and arching branches bearing ovate, shallowly-lobed, dark green leaves that turn orange-red in autumn. Pendent racemes of pale yellow flowers in spring are followed by pinky brown fruit in autumn. Best planted with some shelter in sun or semi shade in any fertile 
soil that doesn't get too wet. Can reach a height and spread of 10m after many years. Hardy

 

Acer griseum (AGM-H5)

A slow-growing, spreading tree suitable for gardens of all sizes. The dark green, palmate leaves colour splendidly in autumn turning the whole crown deep crimson. The old dark red or chestnut bark flakes and peels to reveal the new, smooth, orange-red bark beneath. An all year round stunning tree suited to a fertile soil in 3/4 sun to half shade. Hardy but prefers shelter from cold winter winds. Upto 10m high with a 6m spread after ten years.

 

Acer negundo 'Flamingo' - Not available 2017

A strong, upright, deciduous tree, sometimes trained as a shrub, bearing pinnate leaves that emerge pink in spring, turning green with white and pink variegation in summer. Clusters of yellow-green flowers bloom in spring. Suited to most soils in a sunny or lightly shaded spot. Can reach a height and spread of around 10m as a tree but makes a particularly attractive shrub if pruned hard in early spring which also enhances the quality of foliage. Hardy. 

 

Japanese Maples - Acer Palmatum.

We keep a varied selection of cultivars which include a good choice of colour and size. Our stock is always changing which makes it a tad tricky to try and list them. Please send me an e-mail if there is a particular plant that you are trying to find.
 

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (AGM-H6) 
A fast growing, handsome Norway maple with superb foliage, dark reddish brown when young, becoming crimson purple for the rest of the year. The conspicuous flowers are deep yellow, tinged with red, gathered in large clusters which decorate the tree before the leaves appear. Suited to a moist but well drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of exposed windy positions. Reaches an approx height of 8m, spreading to make a rounded crown 5m wide after 20 yrs.

 
Acer rufinerve 'Winter Gold'  
A seldom seen ornamental small tree or large shrub with lobed, dark green foliage alongside very attractive, white striped amber-yellow bark, which is particularly striking in winter. Likes a decent, well drained soil in a spot that gets some sun. May sulk a bit if planted in very exposed sites subject to cold spring winds. Reaches a height of around 5m often becoming multi-stemmed, with a spread of 2 to 3m. A rare tree with excellent winter colour. Hardy.

 

Acer takesimense BSWJ8500

An outstanding slow growing species exhibiting superb autumnal colouration. Sharply lobed green leaves through spring and summer. Raised from plants originally collected as seed from small wizened trees growing on the summit of an extinct volcano on the remote Korean island of Ullüngdõ. Easily grown in any good well drained soil in part shade to sun and sheltered from drying winds. Hardy to -25C. May reach a few metres with a superb shape.

 

Acer 'White Tigress' - Trying to re-stock for 2017 

A special and rarely seen snakebark maple with eye catching blue-green and white striated bark. Generally makes a multistemmed 'shrubby' tree with large dark green leaves that turn a lovely yellow before falling in autumn. Ideally suited to a position that gets good morning or late afternoon sun in a decent, well drained soil. Reaches a height of approxiamately 7m with a similar spread, making it ideal for smaller gardens. A Roy Lancaster favourite. V.Hardy.

 

Aesculus × neglecta 'Erythroblastos' - Not available 2017

A beautiful, rare small tree producing stunning apricot or shrimp-pink new leaves in spring, which gradually turn lime green later in the year. These colourful leaves are complimented by attractive spikes of creamy-yellow flowers in late spring. Suited to a well drained, fertile soil in a sunny or lightly shaded position and for the best spring foliage colour in a spot sheltered from strong winds. Can reach a height of 8m with a spread of 5m after many years. Hardy.

 

Aesculus parviflora

A very attarctive large, suckering, deciduous shrub with handsome palmate leaves which open bronze, turn dark green and finally yellow in autumn. Produces erect spikes of white flowers with prominent stamens during summer which can be followed by smooth fruits. Will grow in full shade through to full sun as long as the soil is well drained. Needs a good space reaching 2.5m in height with a 4m spread although width can be restricted by removing suckers. Hardy.

 

Aesculus pavia var. discolor 'Koehnei'

A rarely seen, slow growing, dwarf chestnut with bronze tinted new foliage during early spring, gradually fading to its summer green. Very attractive vertical spires of flowers during early summer in shades of yellow through to pinky salmon which are popular with pollinating insects. Suited to a sunny or partly shaded position in any decent, well drained soil. A slow grower reaching a final height of over 2m but after many years. Hardy.

 

Alangium platanifolium var. macrophyllum

A seldom seen larger leafed Alangium with superb lobed foliage. Produces clusters of white flowers with yellow anthers during late spring or early summer. Excellent autumn colour with the foliage turning butter yellow before falling. Suited to a fertile, free draining soil in a position that gets good morning or afternoon sun. Can make a small tree with a height and spread of 3 to 5m after many years. Had no problems with hardiness at Jersey Cottage.

 

Albizia julibrissin 'E.H.Wilson' - Not available 2017

A superb small tree with fern like mimosa leaves that close up during the evening. Selected by E.H.Wilson from a cold area of Korea, this variety of the Silk Tree has proven to be very hardy, capable of below -15C, although some die back should be expected. (Survived 2010/2011 winter at home) Produces dense fluffy clusters of bright-pink flowers in summer. Grow in a poor soil in a sunny sheltered spot. May reach 5m in height/width after 10 yrs.

 

Albizia julibrissin f. rosea (AGM-H3) 

A superb, fast growing small tree with fern like mimosa leaves that close up during the evening.  This form of the Silk Tree has proven to be fairly tough, capable of around the -10C to -15C mark if planted correctly, although some die back should be expected. Produces stunning, dense fluffy clusters of pink flowers in summer. Grow in a relatively poor, well drained soil in a sunny, sheltered spot. May reach over 5m in height and spread.

 

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' (AGM-H3)

An exceptionally attractive small tree with delicate feathery foliage, green at first before darkening to a stunning, rich purple-brown. The foliage contrasts beautifully with the clusters of fluffy, pink-tipped creamy flowers that appear in late summer on more mature plants. Hardiness can be tricky so must be in a warm, sunny, well drained, sheltered site with no cold winds. Can be pot grown and protected. Late to emerge in spring. Height around 5m.


Alnus glutinosa 'Aurea' 
A lovely ornamental tree which is commonly known as the 'Golden Alder' due to its golden, yellow leaves and bright yellowish bark. Coral pink catkins appear in early spring and keep their pink hue through into summer. Very adaptable coping with exposed positions and even wet and poor soils. Compact, forming a nice shape with a height of around 7m and a spread
of 5m. A good all rounder even in winter when the attractive bark can clearly be seen. Hardy.

Amelanchier canadensis 'Glenn Form' 
A small and very colourful, upright, deciduous tree with elliptic to ovate, dark green leaves that turn shades of red before falling in autumn and racemes of white flowers in spring, followed by blue-black fruit. Prefers a moist, lime free, well-drained soil with the best autumn foliage colours achieved when grown in full sun. Dense and upright achieving a height of 6m with a spread of 3m after 10 to 20 years. V hardy. Sometimes refered to as 'Rainbow Pillar'


Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Ballerina' (AGM-H4)

A beautiful, small upright tree or graceful large shrub with ovate leaves that are coppery bronze when young, fading to green before turning brilliant shades of orange and red in the autumn. Produces numerous large white flowers in April, followed by red berries which ripen to almost black. Prefers a moist, lime free, well-drained soil. The best autumn colour is achieved when grown in full sun. Height and spread of approx 6m

 
Amelanchier laevis 'Snowflakes'  
A very compact, deciduous small tree with ovate, green leaves that emerge with a bronze hue and during spring very attractive pendent racemes of white flowers, followed by red fruit. Typical Amelanchier producing an autumn display of oranges and reds before dropping its leaves. Not too fussy but prefers a moist, lime free, well-drained soil with the best autumn colours 
achieved when given plenty of sun. Height around 4m with a 2 to 3m spread. Very hardy.
 

Amelanchier lamarckii (AGM-H4)

A very beautiful, small tree which is particularly attractive in March when the branches erupt with a froth of star-shaped, pinky white flowers in lax conical heads, just as the coppery pink young leaves unfold. In July the tree is studded with purple-black berries and finally in autumn the leaves turn orange-red before falling. Requires a moist, lime free, well drained soil. Good autumn colour when grown in full sun. Height 4 to 6m, 4m spread. Hardy.

 

Araucaria araucana

A unique and stately evergreen tree with branches clothed in sharply pointed, triangular dark green leaves. Mature specimens may bear cones on the upper branches. Likes a decent, well drained soil in a sunny open spot but avoid exposure to cold winds. A slow grower reaching 6m in height with a 4m spread after 20 years, finally achieving over 10m. Given its common name ‘Monkey-puzzle’ when it was suggested that it would puzzle a monkey to try and climb it! Hardy.

 

Arbutus unedo (AGM-H4)

Large, evergreen shrub/small tree of bushy habit, with rough brown bark and dark green leathery leaves, overall an absolute belter of a plant! The 'Strawberry tree' produces white flowers in summer/autumn and since the fruits take 12 months to ripen, the tree bears both mature fruits and flowers at the same time, making it incredibly beautiful. Likes a sunny spot in humous rich soil that has good drainage. Height and spread 4 to 6m.

 
Arbutus unedo 'Compacta' 
A lovely, evergreen shrub with rough brown bark and dark green leathery leaves. Also known as the small 'Strawberry tree' producing pinky white flowers during late summer followed by strawberry like fruits which can take 12 months to ripen, hence it bears both mature fruits and flowers at the same time. Likes a sunny, warm spot, sheltered from cold winds in a decent well drained soil. Dwarf form with a height and spread 1 to 1.5m. Hardy enough given shelter.
 

Arbutus unedo f.rubra (AGM-H4) - Not available 2017

Large, evergreen shrub/small tree of bushy habit, with rough brown bark and dark green leathery leaves, overall an absolute belter of a plant! The 'Strawberry tree' produces rosey pink flowers in summer/autumn and since the fruits take 12 months to ripen, the tree bears both mature fruits and flowers at the same time, making it incredibly beautiful. Likes a sunny spot in humous rich soil that has good drainage. Height and spread 4 to 6m.

 
Betula albosinensis var. septentrionalis 
The 'Northern Chinese Red Birch' a medium sized deciduous tree with coppery-pink or orange peeling bark that compliments the creamy coloured trunk. Slender brown catkins in spring alongside dark green, oval foliage that turns buttery yellow before falling in autumn. Very adaptable, growing in wide range of soil conditions. Height can vary but generally reaches a  height of around 10 to 15m with a spread of 6 to 8m. Excellent colour all year round. Hardy.  

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 
A vigorous tree that is grown for its snowy white bark and glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn. It looks stunning all year round, but especially on grey winter days when it really stands out in the bare garden. Produces yellow-brown catkins in early spring. Suited to a moist but well drained soil in full sun or dappled shade. Tolerant of exposed windy positions. Reaches an approx height of 6 to 8m and a spread of 2.5m after 20 yrs.
 

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'(AGM-H6)

A particularly fine Himalayan white birch forming a delightful stand alone tree with lovely fine peeling white bark, even on young specimens. A strong, quick grower but if cut back to a few feet in height this will encourage multi stemmed branching lower on the trunk and create a smaller, vased shaped habit. Easily grown in a sunny spot in any well drained soil. Can reach a height of between 10 and 15m but much less if cut back. Very hardy, very nice.

 

Broussonetia papyrifera

A rare and handsome small tree with superb, unusually shaped foliage. Widely cultivated in Eastern Asia, where fibre from its bark is used for making paper. Mature specimens will produce either yellowish curly, woolly catkins or globular red fruits depending on sex. Likes a fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position that avoids strong winds. A small tree with a height and spread of approxiamately 8m. Proved hardy to at least -15C at Jersey Cottage.

Carpinus caroliniana 'Sentinel Dries' 
A recently selected and still very rare cultivar of the 'American Hornbeam' forming a tidy, upright small tree with the typical attractive, dark green, ribbed foliage which, during autumn, turns stunning shades of red, yellow and orange before falling. Very adaptable coping with just about any soil conditions with the best autumn colours appearing in full sun. Fairly slow
growing reaching a height of around 6m with a 4m spread after many years. Choice and hardy.

 

Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea' (AGM-H6)

A superb small, deciduous tree producing large, heart-shaped, golden-yellow leaves with the new foliage being flushed with purple. Very attractive panicles of white flowers with yellow and purple markings when established. Likes a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position, tolerating a heavy clay soil. Shelter from strong winds as these may shred the large leaves. Reaches an approxiamate height of 8m with a 6m spread after many years. Hardy.

 

Catalpa ovata 

The smaller, rarely seen 'Chinese Catalpa' produces large, ornamental, green leaves and during summer attractive bell-shaped, orchid-like, yellowish-white flowers with purple and orange inner spotting. Foliage turns yellow before falling in autumn. Flowers give way to long, slender, green seedpods. Likes a moist but well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny position. Best sheltered from strong winds. Reaches an approx height and spread of 7m after many years. Hardy.

 

Cercidiphyllum japonicum (AGM-H4)

An unusual but easily grown tree known for its beautiful, heart shaped leaves which during autumn turn fantastic shades of yellow, purple or red, the colour varying between clones. The leaves emerge bright green in spring but as they fall they give off an aroma of burnt sugar! A stunning tree that tolerates lime but prefers a neutral or acidic well drained soil, out of strong winds. Height upto 5m in ten years, finally reaching 15m with a 7m spread after many years.

 
Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum (AGM-H5)
A gorgeous deciduous tree with long, pendulous branches bearing heart-shaped leaves bronze when young, mid-green in summer turning bright pink and orange in autumn with a lovely aroma of burnt sugar! Tolerates some lime but prefers a neutral or acidic well drained soil in a sunny, sheltered spot out of strong winds. Height of 6 to 8m with a 6m spread but after many years. Origin of this rare form can be traced to a tree found by monks in Morioka, Japan. Hardy.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Rotfuchs' (Red fox) 
A glorious, colourful and narrow 'Katsura' forming an upright small tree clad with stunning, deep purple leaves. The strong foliage colour lasts for months but may fade over summer, finally turning shades of orange before falling in autumn. Likes a sheltered spot with some good sun in ny decent but well drained soil. Avoid very limey, heavy soils. Can reach a height of 5m given many years with a spread of 1m. Said to resemble a foxes tail when mature.
 

Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

A most magnificent, deciduous shrub or small tree for foliage effect. The large leaves are broadly heart-shaped and a stunning deep red-purple. Can produce small pink flowers in spring but seldom abundant. Needs a fertile, well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Performs particularly well in a warm spot. Dislikes poor drainage. Can reach 8m high and 5m wide after many years. A truly lovely plant that deserves a good position in nearly any garden. Hardy.

 
Cercis canadensis 'Merlot'
A stunning new introduction from a cross between 'Texas White' and 'Forest Pansy' with robust, glossy, heart shaped, burgundy-red foliage and during spring an abundance of small pink flowers. Foliage shows lovely orange shades before falling in autumn. Likes a fertile, well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Performs particularly well in a warm spot. Dislikes poor drainage. Height and spread of around 1.5m making it a good Cercis for small gardens. Hardy. 

 

Cercis chinensis

An utterly beautiful species forming a large shrub or small tree with highly attractive, heart shaped, glossy foliage and during spring the bare stems are studded with pretty, purple pink flowers before the foliage emerges. Likes a sunny spot in a fertile well drained soil as it dislikes poorly drained positions. Best to avoid exposed spots. Avoid artificial fertilizers. A hardy small tree reaching a height of 5 to 7m with a spread of 5m but after many years. 

 

Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' - Trying to re-stock for 2017

An utterly beautiful species, native to China. 'Avondale' has bare stems which are studded with pretty, rich purple flowers in early May, before the foliage emerges. The following leaves are large, heart shaped and make for an extremely stunning foliage plant. Likes a sunny spot in a fertile well drained soil as it dislikes poorly drained positions. Do not feed with artifical fertilizers. A hardy shrub/tree reaching a 7m height/spread after many years.

 

Cercis siliquastrum

A superb, hardy and rarely seen small tree, commonly known as the Judas tree. In early spring, before the light green foliage appears, pink flowers cover the bare branches. To flower well it needs full sun and a long warm summer the previous year. From late summer, large bunches of purple pods deck the branches, while the pretty foliage turns light yellow. Needs a fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Possibly 8m high and 5m wide after many years.

 

Cercis siliquastrum 'Bodnant' (AGM-H4) - Not available 2017

A superb cultivar of a hardy and rarely seen small tree, commonly known as the Judas tree. In early spring a mass of pinky purple flowers cover the bare branches followed by bronze-burgundy, heart shaped foliage which matures to a lush green before yellowing and falling in autumn. Flowers better if the previous summer was warm. Suited to a fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Possibly 6m high and 4m wide after many years. Hardy given sun and drainage.

 

Cercis siliquastrum f. Albida - Not available 2017

A superb, hardy and rarely seen white flowering form of the Judas tree. In early spring, before the light green foliage appears, white flowers cover the bare branches. To flower well it needs full sun and a long warm summer the previous year. From late summer onwards, large bunches of purple pods deck the branches, while the pretty foliage turns light yellow. Needs a fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Possibly 8m high and 5m wide after many years.

 

× Chitalpa tashkentensis 

A small deciduous tree with narrow, lush green leaves and an abundant display of attractive frilly pink flowers with yellow throats from early summer onwards. Likes a fertile, well drained soil in a sunny, sheltered position out of strong winds in order to protect the foliage and flowers. Makes a rounded shape reaching a height and spread of between 5 and 7m after several years. A cross between Catalpa bignonioides and Chilopsis linearis. Hardy.

 

Cladrastis kentukea

A superb small tree producing lovely wisteria-like white, fragrant flowers, touched with yellow at the center in early summer. The leaves are pale green in spring and summer, turning warm, butter yellow in autumn before falling. Likes a sunny spot in a fertile, well drained soil in an area sheltered from strong winds. Reaches an approxiamate height and spread of 8m after many years. Hardy but very late frosts can damage the flower buds. 

 

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Carnival' 

A fascinating, deciduous, usually multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree with elegant heart shaped grey green leaves, each marked with a yellow margin. Produces lovely white, scented flowers during summer which develop into bright blue berries. Requires a sunny or partly shaded spot in any decent soil that provides moisture during the growing season. In time it can reach a height of approxiamately 3m with a spread of 2m. Hardy and not often seen.

 

Clerodendrum trichotomum 'Purple Blaze'

An extremely attractive shrub or small tree with large heart shaped leaves which, when young, are a striking, rich, dark purple, maturing to a dark, bronze green. Produces lovely white, scented flowers during summer which develop into bright blue berries. Requires a sunny or partly shaded spot in any decent soil that provides moisture during the growing season. In time it can reach a height of over 3m with a 2m spread. Hardy and rarely seen.

 
Cornus alternifolia 'Golden Shadows' 
A choice and rare cultivar of the 'Pagoda Dogwood' eventually forming a small tree with a graceful, tiered habit supporting attractive, lime-green leaves, broadly edged in gold, and during early summer fragrant, white clusters of flowers. Foliage turns shades of reddish purple beforefalling in autumn. Likes a decent, moist but well drained soil in a sunny or lightly shaded spot. Given time will eventually reach a height and spread of around 3m. Hardy.
 

Cornus capitata

An outstanding evergreen shrub or small tree, with long lived "flowerheads" of large, very impressive, buttercup shaped white flowers in late spring, followed by red, strawberry-like fruits. Pretty tough having survived -16C but can struggle with prolonged freezing spells below -5C and cold easterly winds. Best sited in a sunny or partly shaded spot, with shelter, in a decent well drained soil. May reach 2 or 3m after 10 years finally reaching over 5m. 

 

Cornus controversa 'Pagoda' - Trying to re-stock for 2017

An unusual and desirable garden tree with a striking tiered habit and masses of creamy white flower heads in May. The leaves are vibrant, dark green in both spring and summer, turning a rich, plum purple before falling in autumn. Best sited in a sunny spot in any fertile soil. A vigorous small tree that once established develops a distinctive black bark. Can reach 8m in height and width. To maintain good shape try and keep a single, vigorous leading shoot. Hardy.   

 

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

A very special and beautiful small tree with stunning leaves forming distinct tiers of branches once established. The leaves are dappled with white and cream and in summer, clusters of small, white flowers appear on the branches. Best sited in a sunny or lightly shaded spot in any fertile soil. Can reach an ultimate height of over 8m with a 6m spread but may take 10 yrs to reach 2m. To maintain good shape try and keep a single, vigorous leading shoot. Hardy.

 
Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder' (AGM-H5) 
A spectacular Cornus forming a large shrub or small tree clad with fresh green foliage and during early summer huge, stunning, creamy white flower bracts which appear earlier than most of the Cornus kousa types. Folige turns shades of strawberry pink and red before falling in autumn. Suited to a sunny spot in any fertile, well drained soil. Best sheltered from cold, cutting winds. Height and spread of around 5m but after many years. Hardy.
 

Cornus florida 'Daybreak' (AGM-H5) 

A striking new cultivar of the North American flowering dogwood sporting attractive creamy white and green foliage with the white parts turning shades of pink and finally red before falling in autumn. Papery white bracts during spring. Grows in most well drained soils but does best in an organically improved soil that doesn't get too dry over summer. Suited to a sunny or partly shaded spot depending on soil moisture. Height and spread around 1.5m. Hardy.

 

Cornus florida f. rubra

A choice small tree or large shrub with oval, often twisted or curled, mid-green leaves which turn lovely shades of red and purple in autumn before falling. During mid-spring inconspicuous yellow flower clusters surrounded by showy, rose-pink bracts which are followed by bright red, berry-like fruits. Suited to any decent, well drained soil in a sunny or partly shaded position. 
Height and spread can vary depending on soil and position but generally around 6m. Hardy.

Cornus kousa 'Copacabana'
A stunning and very rare kousa cultivar forming a large shrub or small tree clad with typical fresh green Cornus foliage and during summer stunning, creamy white flower bracts edged with a clear pink fringe. Foliage turns shades of orange and red before falling in autumn. Suited to a warm spot that gets good sun in any decent, fertile but well drained soil. Slow growing eventually reaching a height and spread of around 3m but after many years. Hardy.

Cornus kousa 'Milky Way'
A handsome kousa cultivar forming a large shrub or small tree clad with lush green foliage and during later spring or early summer masses of stunning, milky white floral bracts. Foliage turns shades of deep red and crimson before falling in autumn. Suited to a warm spot that gets good sun in any decent, fertile but well drained soil. Has a slightly more vigorous, upright habit than Cornus 'China Girl', reaching a height of around 5 to 6m with a 4m spread. Hardy.  
 

Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'China Girl'

An improved early flowering form of the more well known C.kousa v.chinensis with masses of large, magnificent creamy white bracts during June. The leaves are dark green during summer turning pretty shades of red and orange in autumn before falling. Requires a fertile, free draining soil in a position that gets plenty of sun. Eventually makes a large shrub or small tree reaching a height of 6m with a spread of 4m. Hardy and incredibly beautiful when in flower.

 

Cornus kousa var.chinensis (AGM-H4)

A lovely large shrub or small tree once established, with masses of creamy white flower bracts in early summer. The leaves are dark green, sometimes turning orange or red before falling in autumn. May take a few years to produce the magnificent bracts but it makes a real picture worth waiting for. Requires full sun in a well drained fertile soil. A hardy tree that can reach upto 7m in height, with a spread of 5m, but after many years.

 
Cornus kousa var. chinensis 'Wieting's Select' 
A choice cultivar of the 'Flowering Dogwood' selected for its autumnal colours and large, creamy white, summer flower bracts which gradually turn pink. Forms a large shrub or small tree clad with attractive dark green foliage that turns bright red before falling in autumn. Best in a sheltered spot that gets plenty of sun but tolerates part shade in any well drained fertile soil. Can reach upto 6m in height, with a spread of 4m, but after many years. Hardy
 

Cornus mas 'Xanthocarpa'

The 'Cornelian Cherry' is a strong deciduous shrub with very attractive, fresh green, oval foliage which turns shades of purple before falling in autumn. Masses of bright yellow flowers open on bare branches in late winter followed by yellow instead of the normal red berries. Easily grown in any well drained soil in a spot that gets good sun. Height and spread can vary
depending on location but somewhere around 3m. Light prune after flowering if required. Hardy

 

Cornus officinalis

A vigorous, spreading, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub or small tree producing numerous clusters of yellow flowers on bare branches during late winter before the dark green spring foliage appears. Flowers are followed in autumn by oblong red fruits. Attractive, exfoliating brown bark on older specimens. Likes an organically rich, moist but well-drained soil in full 

sun to part shade. Reaches around 3 to 4m in height and spread after several years. Hardy. 

Cornus 'Stellar Pink' 
A hybrid Cornus forming a lovely large shrub or small tree once established clad with fresh green foliage and during early summer very attractive, rounded, overlapping, soft-pink, flower bracts. Foliage turns shades of orange, red or yellow before falling in autumn. Suited to a warm sunny spot in any decent, fertile soil with drainage. Best to avoid particularly cold, 
exposed positions. Can reach 6m in height, with a spread of 5m, but after many years. Hardy.

 

Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic'  

An extremely attractive new introduction to the United Kingdom, 'Red Majestic' is a contorted hazel with beautiful, deep purple leaves in spring and summer. The twigs and branches have the same intricately contorted appearence and masses of small, pinky purple catkins appear in late winter or early spring. Suited to a sunny or partly shaded position in any fertile soil. Reaches an approx height and spread of 3m after many years. Hardy. Superb all year round interest.

 

Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' (AGM-H4) 

'Purpurea' is a magnificent, large, deciduous shrub with broad, deep purple leaves to 12cm in length. Pendulous, pale yellow catkins are produced on leafless twigs during late winter and on mature plants they are followed by edible (hazel) nuts, concealed by a tubular husk. Prefers a moist, free-draining, ideally alkaline soil in full sun or partial shade. Ultiamte size can vary depending on location but generally reaches a height of 6 to 8m with a spread of 3m. Hardy.

 

Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet' (AGM-H6)

Description to follow…………..

 

Cunninghamia lanceolata - Trying to restock for 2017

A large, evergreen, coniferous tree also known as the 'Chinese Fir' with furrowed, red brown bark and superb, glossy needle like foliage with a whitish underside. Appears similar to a monkey puzzle tree when viewed at a distance. Likes a sunny spot in any soil that can provide some moisture. Should reach between 10 and 15m after 20+ years with a spread of 4 to 8m. Hardy but avoid exposed easterly positions that are subject to cold, drying winds. 

 

Davidia involucrata (AGM-H5)

The 'Hankerchief Tree' is arguably one of the most beautiful trees and once seen in flower never forgotten. A medium-sized deciduous tree with bright green, broadly ovate leaves and during spring small flowers held within a pair of stunning, creamy-white, ovate bracts that can reach 20cm in length. Easy to grow in a sheltered position in sun or partial shade, but young plants may not flower for upto 15 years. Height approx 10m with a spread of 8m. Hardy.

 

Eucalyptus archeri 

A particularly tough and rarely encountered Eucalyptus know as 'Archer's Alpine Cider Gum' with rounded blue green leaves and a bushy habit when young. Forms a small tree on maturity with long glaucus foliage and very attractive smooth, white/grey bark which flakes and peels to show pink markings. Very suited to pruning. Likes a sunny spot in any well drained soil. Good for exposed, difficult positions. Height around 7m with a 5m spread. Hardy to at least -15C.

 

Eucalyptus camphora

An unusual and rarely seen Eucalyptus forming a small, evergreen tree with aromatic, blue green leaves that can show tinges of red. Multi coloured peeling bark on older specimens of grey brown to almost black. Unusual in that it will tolerate wet positions and fairly heavy soils in either sun or dappled shade. Avoid exposed positions subject to cold winds as foliage 
will scorch. Reaches a height of approx 6m with a spread of 4m. Hardy to at least -10C.

 

Eucalyptus coccifera

The 'Tasmanian Snow Gum' is a robust, medium sized Eucalyptus with elegant, willow like, bluish white foliage with a peppermint aroma and striking bark, forming a patchwork of grey and white, often with shades of pink and brown. Suited to a sunny, well drained position in most garden soils, coping well with windy South West exposure. Reaches a height of around 
12m with a spread of 6m if left unpruned. Long renowned for being cold hardy in the UK.

Eucalyptus crenulata  
The 'Victorian Silver Gum' forms a lovely, evergreen small tree clad with silvery juvenile leaves, transforming to mid apple green with white frosting, giving it a similar appearence to that of a small Silver Poplar. Suited to most garden soils even tolerating wet conditions in a position from full sun to 3/4 shade. A single stemmed specimen can reach a height of 10m but crenulata responds well to pruning and can even be used as a hedge. Hardy to around -12C.
 

 

Eucalyptus gunnii (AGM-H3) - Not available 2017

Naturally gunnii makes a large evergreen specimen tree reaching an eventual height of 15m+, but in gardens regular firm annual early spring pruning can keep them as large shrubs and maintain a supply of the wonderful blue juvenile foliage. Only a few species are reliably hardy, and of these E. gunnii is the most popular. Grow in a sheltered sunny spot with decent drainage, as cold winds and soggy winter soils are more injurious than frost.

 

Eucalyptus mitchelliana 

A rarely seen, semi-weeping, small to medium sized Eucalyptus with narrowly lanceolate leaves, often bright green, with red petioles on young plants, blue green on older plants. smooth, pure white through to creamy grey, flaking bark. Suited to a sunny, well drained position coping well
with windy South West exposure. Does not like wet, poorly drained soils. eaches a height of around 10m with a spread of 6m if left unpruned. Tough, coping with -15C given good drainage.

 

Eucalyptus nicholii - Not available 2017

A particularly handsome species known as the 'Narrow leaved Black Peppermint' with very attractive, narrow, scented foliage giving it the appearence of a willow. White flowers during late summer. Likes a decent, well drained soil in full sun. Avoid spots subject to cold, drying winds. A smaller tree in the U.K reaching approx 5m but looks good if pruned to the size of a large shrub. Hardiness varies in the species but pretty tough given the correct conditions.  

 

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila (AGM-H4)

Also known as the 'Snow Gum' this eucalyptus makes a fine, small, evergreen tree with grey-green leaves and superb flaking, cream and grey patched bark. During summer it bears small, white flowers. Requires a well drained sunny situation out of cold winds where it should cope with our lovely winters. Can reach approxiamately 8m in height with a spread of 3 to 4m. A cracking small tree which provides a stunning focal point, especially in winter.

 

Eucalyptus perriniana - Not available 2017

An unusual Eucalyptus with highly ornamental, circular, juvenile foliage. Mature leaves are the traditional sickle shape but can be coppiced each year to create new growth and ensure masses of the young circular leaves. Likes a decent, moist but well drained soil in sun, avoiding spots subject to cold, drying winds. Reaches a mature height of approx 5m with a spread of 4m. Opinions vary but supposed to be pretty tough given the correct conditions. 

 

Firmiana simplex - Not available 2017

An uncommon ornamental tree. The Chinese Parasol tree has large tropical-looking leaves and produces yellowish-green flowers in June or July, followed by showy brown fruit. Requires a sheltered sunny warm spot, out of the wind, especially cold winds. In warmer climates the tree is evergreen but deciduous in the UK. Hardiness is a bit cloudy but -15C may be possible in a sheltered spot. Can reach a height of 7m with a 5m spread. 

 
Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' (AGM-H4) (Male)
'Silk Tassel Tree', a vigorous, upright, bushy, dense, evergreen shrub or small tree with oval, leathery, wavy-margined, dark green leaves and during late winter and into early spring very snazzy, long, pendent, silver-grey male catkins. Suited to most soils as long as they provide drainage in a spot with plenty of sun. Pretty tough but best given shelter out of cold spots as the foliage can suffer from cold wind scorch. Can reach a height and spread of 4m given time.

 

Ginkgo biloba (AGM-H4)  

This wonderful, ancient tree from China dates back at least 200 million years in the fossil record. Its distinctive, fan-shaped, bright green leaves turn a superb bright gold before falling in the autumn. Suited to sun or part shade in any half decent soil. Usually starts life columnar but gradually puts on width and after many years may achieve a height of over 10m with a spread of 8m. Slow growing and suitable for growing in a pot. Tough and hardy.

 

Ginkgo biloba 'Tubifolia'

A fascinating shrubby, hardy tree. This form has two distinct types of foliage, a fused leaf resembling a small green trumpet and a classic Ginkgo leaf but with a more jagged outline. As the tree matures, the majority of the foliage will be trumpet shaped. Foliage turns a superb yellow colour before falling in the autumn. Suited to sun or part shade in any half decent soil. Can reach a height of 2m in 10 yrs. Slow growing and suitable for a pot. Tough and hardy.

 

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Rubylace'

A lovely ornamental tree with ruby-red, fine, pinnate (feather-like), young leaves which gradually darken to an attractive bronze-green as they age. The brightly coloured young leaves are eye-catching and contrast well with the older, darker foliage. Requires a sunny position in a decent soil with good drainage, tolerating dry spots when established. Can reach a height and spread of over 6m after 20 years+. A hardy and elegant garden tree.

 

Gleditsia triacanthos 'Sunburst' 

A very attractive ornamental tree with golden yellow, fine, pinnate (feather-like), young leaves, becoming slightly greener as summer progresses. Looks particlarly impressive planted against a dark hedge or backround. Requires a sunny position in a decent soil with good drainage, tolerating dry spots when established. Makes a small tree that may eventually reach a height and spread of over 8m after 20 years+. A hardy and elegant garden tree.

Halesia carolina (Monticola Group) 'Variegata'
Exceptionally rare shrub or small tree producing lovely clusters of white flowers with golden centres. The flowers have a delicate scent and appear in spring just before or alongside the dark green, gold margined leaves. Dinstinctive winged fruit pods follow the flowers. Best in a sunny or lightly shaded spot in a lime free, fertile, well drained soil. Slow growing but after 
many years it can reach a height of 6m with a spread of 4m. A superb and hardy small tree. 

 

Hippophae rhamnoides (AGM-H4) 

A large shrub eventually growing into a small shapely tree with with superb, narrow, willow-like, silvery leaves and thorny shoots. Exceptionally good in exposed sites making an excellent wind break. Female plants produce a display of orange berries in the autumn if pollinated by an adjacent male plant. Naturally adapted to light sandy soils in sun but tolerates a wider range of conditions. A very hardy, deciduous shrub reaching a height of 6m with a spread of 3m.

Hoheria 'Borde Hill'
A free-flowering evergreen Hoheria with neat, small, dark green leaves which get bigger as the plant ages. From mid summer it bears masses of small white flowers which attract many insects. Suited to a sunny, well drained, fertile soil in a shelterd position that avoids exposure to cold winds. Pretty tough but not 'bone hardy', sometimes losing it's leaves in cold winters. Approx height of 4m with a 2m spread after many years. Possibly a cultivar of H.angustifolia.

Hoheria sexstylosa 'Stardust' (AGM-H4) 
A lovely compact and free-flowering evergreen Hoheria. It was named by Roy Lancaster, who was one of the first to see its potential. It makes a broadly columnar shape and flowers from a young age, with generous clusters of star-shaped white flowers and narrow, glossy leaves. Suited to a sunny, well drained, fertile soil in a shelterd position. Not 'bone hardy but considered to be hardier than H. sexstylosa. Height approx 5m after many years.

 

Hovenia dulcis

The 'Japanese Raisen Tree' is a rarely seen deciduous tree with handsome, polished foliage and small, greenish white flowers during summer. Following flowering the stalks of the blooms swell, turn reddish brown and become succulent and pulpy, the pulp being very sweet and edible. Suited to a moist but well drained fertile soil in sun or part shade. Reaches a height and spread of 10m afer many years. Hardy but avoid positions subject to cold winter winds.

 

Ilex x altaclerensis 'Golden King' (AGM-H4)

A very attractive and hardy holly which tolerates most soils and fruits well in sun or shade. The handsome variegated leaves are quite flat and shapely, virtually free from spines and ornamented with a prominent irregular golden yellow edge. Grow near a male plant for good crops of berries. Likes a bit of sun in a drained position and will tolerate exposed, windy locations. Height can vary generally reaching 6m with a 4m spread after many years. Hardy.

 

Ilex aquifolium 'Handsworth New Silver' (AGM-H4)

A very attractive, compact, dense, evergreen tree or shrub with purple young shoots and spiny, dark green leaves which are broadly margined with white. In spring and summer it bears small, white flowers followed, in autumn, by bright-red berries. Easily grown in any well drained soil in full sun. Height can vary depending on location but generally reaches between 4 and 6m with a spread of 4m after many years. A hardy and beautiful evergreen.

Ilex x koehneana 'Chestnut Leaf' (AGM-H5) 
An impressive, large, evergreen shrub of conical habit, with tough, dark green, elliptic leaves and during spring small white flowers which are followed by attractive, large red berries when pollinated by a male holly. Easily grown in any well drained soil in full sun. Took time to settle but we have found it to cope well with a fairly windy location. Slow but can reach a height of around 6m with a spread of 3 to 4m after many years. Hardy.

Liquidambar styraciflua
The American 'Red Gum' or 'Sweet Gum' forms a large, broadly conical tree grown primarily for its' rather glossy, maple-like, lobed leaves which turn stunning shades of orange, crimson and purple in autumnn before falling. Suited to any decent, lime free soil in sun or light partial shade. The best, most vivid autumn colours will occur in lime-free or acidic soils. Reaches a height of 12 to 15m with a spread 8 to 10m but after many, many years. Hardy.

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Fastigiata' 
A seldom seen cultivar of the The American 'Red Gum' or 'Sweet Gum' with a narrow, upright habit clad with glossy, maple-like, lobed leaves which turn stunning shades of orange, crimson and purple in autumnn before falling. Suited to any decent, well drained soil in sun or light partial shade. The best, most vivid autumn colours will occur in lime-free or acidic soils. Reaches a height of 12 to 15m with a spread of 4 to 5m but after many years. Hardy.

 

Liriodendron tulipifera 'Roodhaan' 

A select cultivar of the 'Tulip Tree' with superb, shaped, ornamental foliage with red flushed new growth during summer. Older trees bear amazing yellow green 'tulip like' flowers during summer. Foliage turns butter yellow before falling in autumn. Suited to a decent, moist but well drained soil in sun, although younger trees cope well with a shadier spot. Eventually makes a large tree with a height of 25m+ after many years with a spread of 10m. Hardy. 

 

Luma apiculata (AGM-H3)

A stunningly beautiful evergreen large shrub or small tree with gorgeous smooth, cinnamon orange bark, peeling to reveal white patches. Masses of white flowers in late summer followed by black fruit. A sun lover for a sheltered spot in a fertile, humous rich soil that drains freely. Winter lows of -10C are achievable if the siting and drainage are excellent. Although a small tree in its native Chile, 3m in height is more realistic with a 2m spread.

 

Magnolia 'Betty' 

A strong and vigorous medium-sized deciduous shrub with mid-green, oval leaves and during spring on bear branches, large, tulip shaped flowers, deep red-purple outside, creamy-white within. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Avoid heavy lime soils. Can be caught by late frosts which may damage flower buds. A smaller cultivar with a height and spread of around 2m. Hardy.

 

Magnolia 'Elizabeth' (AGM-H6)

A rarely seen, floriferous and choice Magnolia producing large, cup shaped, scented flowers during late April into May which emerge primrose yellow before gradually fading to cream. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Avoid heavy lime soils. Late frosts can effect the flower buds. Forms a conical shape with a height of 8m and a spread of 6m but after many years. Hardy.


Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill' (AGM-H4) 
A beautiful, free flowering small tree producing numerous white spring flowers before the foliage appears. Suited to a moist, humus rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Ok in alkaline soils as long as they are moist. Late frosts may cause damage to the flower buds. Height and spread can vary between locations but generally around 6m. If necessary prune in mid summer when in full leaf. Hardy.


Magnolia x loebneri 'Snowdrift' 
A choice and floriferous cultivar with bolder foliage and during April, larger, white flowers that start goblet shaped before unfolding to form a many petalled star. Not too fussy but best in a decent, moist soil in a spot that gets some good sun. Avoid dry, limey soils and positions subject to direct exposure from cold winds. Late frosts can catch the flower buds. Height and spread will vary but can reach a height of 6m with a 4m spread. If necessary prune in mid summer when in leaf. Hardy.

 

Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth' (AGM-H3/H4)

An extremely beautiful evergreen shrub/tree with handsome leaves, felted beneath like suede. 'Exmouth' can bloom while young but may take upto 10 years to produce its superb creamy fragrant flowers. Ideally grown in a protected area, not so much for frost, but to shelter the brittle branches from wind/snow. Grow in deep, cultivated soil, ideally acidic to neutral, and full sun for healthy growth. Height and spread of 10m after many many years.


Magnolia kobus 'Esveld Select' 
A cultivar introduction of the 'Northern Japanese Magnolia' from the Esveld Nursery in Holland and still exceptionally rare in the U.K. A small tree with reddish purple new foliage that slowly fades to fresh green and during spring fragrant white flowers each with six petals. Suited to a moist, fertile, well-drained neutral to acid soil in sun or partial shade with shelter from cold 
winds. Late, heavy frosts may damage flower buds. Make take several years to flower. Hardy.
 

Magnolia laevifolia

A most stunning and rare Magnolia formerly known as Michelia yunnanensis. An upright, open, evergreen with glossy foliage and hairy, reddish-brown buds in autumn and winter opening to fragrant, cupped, white flowers in spring. Needs a 'woodsy' soil, well drained with plenty of humous. Sun or part shade in a warm, sheltered position. Detests cold, drying winds. Height approx 3m with a spread of 2m. Hardy to around -10C or possibly less given the right spot.


Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (AGM-H6) 

Often refered to as the 'Black Lily Magnolia' with large, glossy, elliptical leaves and during mid spring erect flowers, narrowly tulip-shaped, with oblong, deep reddish-purple tepals, paler within. Should continue to intermittently flower through summer. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold 

winds. Avoid heavy lime soils. Compact with a height of 3m and a spread of 2m. Hardy.

 

Magnolia officinalis var. biloba

An exceptionally rare Magnolia with an exotic appearance producing very large leaves with a deep notch at the apex, giving the leaves a bi-lobed shape. Once established, it has large, white, saucer-shaped flowers although they can take many years to appear. Suited to a sunny or partly shaded spot in any fertile, well drained soil. Needs shelter from wind in order to protect the foliage. Height and spread of 6m but after many, many years. Hardy. 

 

Magnolia 'Star Wars' (AGM-H5) 

The richly colored ‘Star Wars’ is breathtaking when its huge, rosy pink blossoms appear around mid spring. The petals are deep rose-pink on the outside and pale pink on the inside. Flowering begins just before the leaves emerge and continues for one to two months. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Avoid heavy lime soils. Approx height of 6m with a spread of 3m. Hardy.

 

Magolia stellata
The 'Star Magnolia', a beautiful flowering deciduous shrub with pale pink buds opening to very attractive white flowers with many narrow, spreading white tepals during spring. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Will tolerate alkaline soils given reliable moisture. Possible that late frosts can damage flower buds. Height and spread can vary depending on situation but generally around 2.5m. Hardy.

Magnolia stellata 'Rosea' 
A beautiful spring flowering, small deciduous shrub with pale pink buds opening to very attractive pale pink flowers with many narrow, spreading tepals. Suited to a moist, humus rich, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Will tolerate alkaline soils given reliable moisture. Possible that late frosts can damage flower buds. Slow growing and suitable for smaller gardens reaching an approx height and spread of 2m. Hardy.


Magnolia stellata 'Water Lily'
A classy cultivar of the 'Star Magnolia' formng a compact shrub or very small tree with oblong, mid-green leaves and, in spring before or as the leaves emerge, silky buds opening to star shaped, white flowers with spreading petals. Suited to a moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Will tolerate alkaline soils given reliable 
moisture. Very late frosts can nip the flower buds. Height and spread around 2m. Hardy.


Magnolia 'Susan' (AGM-H4)
A beautiful, upright deciduous shrub producing deep reddish-purple buds that open in mid spring to fragrant, cupped flowers, red-purple outside, pink within. Suited to a moist, humus rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in full sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds.  Later flowering than most but very late frosts may cause damage to the flower buds. Height and spread can vary between locations but generally reaches between 2.5 and 4m. Hardy.

 

Olea europaea 

Easily recognisable as the quintessential Mediterranean tree. A slow-growing evergreen forming a rounded head of small, silver-grey leaves. Will successfully grow in containers for many years using a 50/50 mix of multipurpose and John Innes No.3 and stored on the dry side over winter. Can be tried outdoors if given maximum sun, really good drainage and a warm, sheltered spot out of cold winds. Defoliated but survived -14C in the nursery garden. 

 

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'  

A superb small tree with more of an upright habit than the classic P.persica. During autumn the green leaves turn glorious shades of plum purple, red and orange before falling. Named Vanessa after a genus of butterflies which includes the Red Admiral and Painted Lady, reflecting the myriad of different autumn colours. Best suited to a sunny spot in a fertile, well drained soil. Can reach 10m in height with a 4m spread after many years. Hardy.

 

Paulownia tomentosa (AGM-H3)

This beautiful tree puts on an awe inspiring show in spring. Its soft velvet buds open into violet blue, trumpet-like blossoms, followed by large downy leaves. Alternatively, in early spring, it can be coppiced down to a couple of buds, which triggers new growth producing huge, magnificent leaves. 10m in height/spread as a tree but only 2m if annually pruned. Position in full sun out of cold winds. Hardy but late frosts can damage the flower buds.

 

 

Prunus - Flowering Cherries

 

Prunus 'Beni-Yutaka' (AGM-H6)
An eye-catching cherry tree producing an excellent display of large, bright pink, semi to double flowers with an unusual, dark eye during spring. The leaves are green throughout spring and summer but turn handsome shades of red, orange or yellow before falling in autumn. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any decent soil. Forms a nice shape with a rounded crown reaching a height and spread of around 6m. Very hardy.

Prunus 'Collingwood Ingram' (AGM-H6)
A small, columnar, deciduous Cherry tree producing many, deep pink, single flowers around late March or early April alongside bronzy foliage that turns green for summer then shades of orange, red and yellow before falling in autumn. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any half decent soil. Suitable for smaller gardens forming an upright shape with a height of around 5 to 6m and a spread of 3m. Very hardy. A seedling of P.'Kursar'

 

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai'

A lovely, delicate cherry with wiry, slightly contorted twigs which burst into life in early spring with pale pink buds which open into an amazing display of pure white flowers. In a good autumn the slightly serrated green leaves can turn vivid shades of orange and red before falling. Prefers a sunny or slightly shaded spot in a fertile well drained soil. Eventually grows to be a medium sized shrub with a height and spread of 2.5m. V hardy.

 

Prunus incisa 'Oshidori'

A lovely cherry which bursts into life in early spring with yellow-green new leaves and pale pink buds which open into an amazing display of light pink, double white flowers. In autumn the sharply toothed, dark green leaves turn lovely shades of yellow to red. Prefers a sunny or slightly shaded spot in a fertile well drained soil. Can reach 3m high and 2.5m wide. If req'd, prune after flowering. V hardy. Possibly a hybrid rather than a selected species clone.

Prunus padus 'Le Thoureil'
A vigorous yet compact, conical to rounded small tree with elliptic, mid-green leaves which turn lovely shades of yellow or bronze in autumn and during spring many pendent racemes of sweetly scented, white flowers which are followed by glossy, pea-like, black fruit. Not fussy but best in a well drained, fertile soil in full sun or dappled light shade. A small tree with an 
upright habit reaching a height of around 6m with a spread of 3m but after 15+ years. Hardy.

Prunus pendula 'Pendula Rubra' (AGM-H6) 
A small, elegant, weeping Cherry that during early spring becomes coated in a profusion of carmine pink, single flowers. Mid-green foliage turns fiery shades of orange and red in the autumn before falling. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any decent soil except very wet or poor chalky soils. Very compact with a weeping habit only reaching a height and spread of around 3m given 15 to 20 years. Very hardy, elegant and colourful.
 

Prunus 'Pink Perfection' (AGM-H6)
A compact Flowering Cherry tree producing clusters of frilly, double flowers in a variety of pink hues during spring alongside light green and bronze new foliage which in the autumn turns vibrant shades of red and orange before falling. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any decent soil except very wet or poor chalky soils. A small garden tree reaching a height of around 5 to 6m with a spread of 3m given 15 to 20 yrs. V.hardy.
 

Prunus 'Shirofugen' (AGM-H6)
A quality cherry forming a small tree with attractive, deep coppery coloured young foliage and during spring, deep pink buds opening to double white flowers which age to pink. Foliage turns nice shades of orange before falling in autumn. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any decent, fertile soil. Forms a small tree generally reaching a height of 5 to 7m with a slightly lesser spread but will take a few years to achieve. Very hardy.

Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' (AGM-H6)
A narrow, conical Cherry tree with coppery young foliage becoming green then shades of orangey yellow before falling in autumn. Very attractive single white flowers with a pink flush during spring. Likes a sunny spot but will tolerate some light shade in any decent soil except very wet or poor chalky soils. A small to medium sized tree with an upright, narrow habit reaching a height of around 10m with a spread of 3m but after many years. V.hardy.

 

Ptelea trifoliata

A rare and distinctive small tree native to Southern Canada and the Eastern United States, with dark green, trifoliate leaves and clusters of small, yellow-green flowers in early summer. These flowers have a lovely honeysuckle-like fragrance and are followed by masses of curious elm-like fruit after a good warm summer. Ideally suited to a fertile, well drained soil in sun or part shade. Reaches an approxiamate height and spread of 6m after many years. Hardy.

Pterostyrax corymbosa 
An exceptionally rare and beautiful large shrub or very small tree with fresh green, oval foliage and during late spring panicles of fragrant white flowers. Leaves turn attractive shades of yellow before falling in winter. Likes a sunny position in any well drained soil. Totally hardy but a warm postion out of strong winds, especially cold winds, will encourage better flowering. Height can vary but generally reaches 4 to 5m with a spread of 3m. 

 

Pterostyrax hispida (AGM-H4)

A rarely seen beautiful large shrub or tree with large, oval green leaves and during summer drooping clusters of small, fragrant white flowers followed by spindle-shaped fruits covered  with light brown hairs. Foliage turns a nice yellow before falling in autumn. Likes a sunny position in any well drained soil. Totally hardy but a warm postion will encourage better flowering. Height and spread can vary but generally reaches between 6 and 8m. Superb tree.

 

Rhamnus alaternus 'Argenteovariegata' (AGM-H4)

A large, bushy evergreen shrub, with very attractive small, leathery, ovate greyish-green leaves with creamy-white margins. Produces many small yellow flowers during spring followed by small black berries. Needs a decent, well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Avoid winter wet and exposure to cold winds. Pretty tough surviving -16C in the nursery garden during 2011/12 with only minor foliage damage. Can reach a height and spread of 3 to 4m.

 

Sassafras albidum Trying to restock for 2017

An extremely rare tree in the UK. Very upright with superb, aromatic leaves that can either be entire or shallowly to deeply 3-lobed, which turn fantastic shades of yellow to orangey-purple in autumn. In spring small yellow flowers appear before the foliage. Native to Southern Missouri where it grows in moist, neutral to acidic, well drained soils in full sun or part shade. Will eventually reach a height of approx 10m with a 5m spread. Very Hardy.

 

Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (AGM-H4) - Not available 2017

A very striking tree in early spring when its creamy-white leaves appear on purple shoots. During summer the leaves darken turning grey-green. Clusters of white flowers appear during late spring or early summer followed by orange-red fruits in autumn. Not too fussy but best in a moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun or part shade. Tolerant of dry conditions when established. Reaches an approx height of 8m with a 5m spread after 20 yrs.

 

Sorbus aria 'Magnifica'  

A strong growing whitebeam with large leaves that first appear downy white, later turning a glossy dark green colour with silvery white undersides. Not initially as stunning in the spring as ‘Lutescens’ but it will keep going for longer in the late summer and autumn. White flowers in May followed by red fruits in the autumn. A small to medium size tree reaching around 10m in height, conical when young, becoming broader with maturity. Hardy and tolerant of exposure.

 

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'

An outstanding garden tree for general planting, especially where it will be seen in autumn when the green foliage turns various fiery shades of orange, copper, crimson and plum purple. The drooping clusters of small round berries, at first light creamy yellow and later deepening to amber, stand out dramatically against the foliage. Best in a moderately fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Reaches an approxiamate height of 8m with a 4m spread after 20 yrs.

 

Sorbus vilmorinii (AGM-H6)
An attractive, small deciduous tree with fern-like leaves made up of many small leaflets which turn shades of purple in autumn before falling. Flat heads of creamy-white flowers followed by crimson fruits fading to near-white. Likes a sunny aspect in any soil that provides drainage. Dislikes very wet or waterlogged soils. Reaches a height of around 3 to 4m with a slightly lesser spread making it a good choice when space is restricted. Tough and very hardy. 

Stewartia monadelpha
A really rare and very fine specimen tree or large shrub producing a sucession of beautiful, single, Camelia like, white flowers over several weeks in mid summer. Fresh green foliage turns shades of orange, red and yellow before falling in autumn. Attractive, flaking bark after a few years. Requires a neutral or acidic soil in a warm, sheltered spot. Tolerates full sun but best given some afternoon shade. Height around 6m with a 4m spread. Hardy given good siting.

 

Stewartia pseudocamellia (AGM-H4)

A very special small tree producing superb white, camelia like flowers with yellow anthers in early summer. The dark green leaves turn glowing shades of orange or red before falling in autumn. Fabulous brown and grey bark on mature plants. Must have an acid or neutral soil and shelter from cold winds. Avoid hot afternoon sun. Bone hardy when dormant but susceptable to late frosts after the leaves have emerged. Height approx 10m, spread 8m after many yrs.

 

Styrax japonicus - Probably not available 2017

Described by many as one of the most beautiful and elegant small trees or large shrubs that anyone could hope to encounter. Masses of fragrant, pendant, bell shaped white flowers with yellow stamens during summer with the foliage turning orange and yellow before falling in autumn. Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, fertile soils in a sunny spot that is sheltered from cold drying winds. Height can reach over 5m with a 3m spread after many, many years. Hardy.  

 

Styrax japonicus 'Pink Chimes' (AGM-H5) - Not available 2017

Described by many as one of the most beautiful and elegant small trees or large shrubs that anyone could hope to encounter. Masses of fragrant, pendant, bell shaped pale pink flowers with yellow stamens during summer with the foliage turning orange and yellow before falling. Easy to grow in moist, humus-rich, fertile soils in a sunny spot that is sheltered from cold 

drying winds. Height can reach over 5m with a 3m spread after many, many years. Hardy.  

 

Tetradium daniellii  

A rare, deciduous tree with attractive, long, feather-like leaves and clusters of scented creamy-white flowers in late summer. The flowers are extremely popular with bees and butterflies and are followed by curious dark reddish-purple fruit in autumn. Foliage turns yellow before falling. Suited to a moist fertile soil in sun or part shade. A fairly small tree reaching a height and spread of  between 8 and 10m afer several years. Hardy.

 

Ulmus × hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier'

A beautiful dwarf elm creating a dense, spreading shrub with small, dainty, finely toothed green leaves. Although popular with bonsai enthusiasts this elm is best left alone in the garden to create a focal point and do it's own thing. Loves a sunny, well drained spot although leaf scorch may be a problem in dry periods or positions. Can reach a height and spread of 3m but after many years. A bone hardy shrub that is unaffected by elm disease.  

 

Ziziphus jujuba - Not available 2017

The very rare 'jujube tree' is an attractive and easy to grow tree with contorted branches and glossy bright green leaves that turn yellow in autumn before falling. Produces fragrant, light yellow flowers during summer followed by small brown fruits, sometimes called 'Chinese Dates' but needs a long growing season to ensure fruit. Suited to a sunny spot in a well drained poor to moderate soil. Reaches a height and spread of between 3 and 5m. Hardy.

 
 
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