Ornamental Trees Pt.2
This week Lorraine’s article is Part 2 of 3 and features 6 plants from our large selection of Ornamental Trees in our 35-litre pots which have been grown on the nursery and lovingly nurtured through the seasons.
Soon to be ready for sale, these can be reserved by contacting us or visiting the Plant Centre to choose your preferred specimens.
Exorchada serratifolia ‘Snow White’ – The Pearl Tree is a native of the Far East, prized for its abundant show of papery white flowers which herald in the spring and are unaffected by late frosts. ‘Snow White’ is a highly sought after selection with an upright habit, the branches gracefully arching when adorned with the weight of the flowers. With pale gold autumn colour, this tree offers multi-season interest growing best in full sun in a moist well-drained soil. An excellent choice for the smaller garden, growing to just 4 metres.
Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’ – This variety from the large Cotoneaster family is of particular use in the garden as it is semi-evergreen holding onto some of its handsome narrow foliage throughout the winter months. With clusters of white flowers in June followed by an abundant crop of scarlet berries in the autumn which provide welcome food for wildlife, this is a good size tree for the domestic garden growing to 6 metres.
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ – This variety of Sweet Gum is primarily grown for its stunning maple-like foliage which at the start of autumn turns yellow and orange, gradually turning to shades of claret and burgundy, creating a fiery medley of late-season colour to brighten even the darkest of autumn days. A fast growing variety with a naturally pyramidal shape, it will give its best performance if given plenty of space for its mature size of 6 metres by 4.
Sorbus commixta ‘Olympic Flame’ – This Rowan is another example of a tree with multi-season interest: the young foliage emerges coppery bronze, the cream coloured pendulous flowerheads follow in spring as the leaves start to turn green, then deep orange clusters of berries compliment the dazzling shades of red foliage, resembling the Olympic torch, from where the tree takes its name. With an upright habit, this beautiful tree will reach a height of 10 metres.
Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’ – This graceful ‘cut leaf’ alder has filigree-like dissected sea-green foliage giving it a slightly oriental look. Thriving in boggy conditions, it deserves to be more widely planted as a waterside feature tree, where its elegant form in maturity can be best admired. Although slow growing, it will eventually attain a height of 7 metres. As a point of interest, Alder wood is exceptionally hard and is resistant to rotting, hence its use in the piles that support much of the architecture of Venice.
Prunus ‘Ukon’ – Ukon is a reliable and vigorous form of ornamental cherry with bronze young foliage and sensational semi-double blossom of a creamy yellow, sometimes tinged pink in maturity, which hangs in attractive clusters in April/May. The mid-green summer foliage matures to purple/maroon autumn tints. With a spreading shape typical of Japanese cherries, (to 5 metres) it would make an ideal specimen for Oriental-themed gardens; it copes well with pollution so is also a good choice for city gardens.