Ornamental Trees Pt.3
This week Lorraine’s article is Part 3 of 3 and features another 6 plants from our large selection of Ornamental Trees which have been grown on the nursery and lovingly nurtured through the seasons.
Now ready for sale in the Plant Centre, these can be reserved by contacting us or visiting the Plant Centre to choose your preferred specimens.
Malus toringo ‘Scarlett’ – This is an excellent example of the Crab Apple, providing interest throughout the year, from deep pink blossom in May, set against emerging purple foliage which matures to a rich bronze green, before taking on fiery orange and scarlet tints in the autumn – an unusual feature for crab apples. The small deep burgundy fruit persists long after the leaves have fallen and are a useful source of food for birds in the depths of winter. Of compact form and therefore suitable for a variety of garden situations, it will mature to a height of 4 metres with a spread of 3.
Sorbus aria Lutescens – This Whitebeam is one of the best cultivars available, its stunning silvery downy foliage emerges from purple buds and matures to a grey-green as the season progresses. With creamy white flower clusters in spring and orange-red berries in autumn, plant as a focal point where its foliage attributes can be best admired, especially when set against a backdrop of other foliage colours. Of upright habit when young, the canopy becomes more spreading with age eventually attaining a size of 8 metres by 4.
Carpinus ‘Rockhampton Red’ – This more compact variety of hornbeam (5 x 3 metres) is a useful addition to the domestic garden where limited space would not accommodate our native hornbeam, Carpinus betulus. Discovered as a chance seedling at a nursery in Rockhampton, Gloucestershire, the beautiful autumn colour can be compared to Liquidambars and Parrotias, when in October the leaves start to turn different shades of bright orange and red, persisting until mid-late November and eventually turning brown like others of this genus with a good proportion remaining on the tree throughout winter.
Amelanchier laevis ‘Snowflake’ – The Snowy Mespilus or Serviceberry tree is an absolute must for all round seasonal interest and can be grown as a multi stem large shrub or a standard tree. Deservedly popular, the white star shaped flowers in April are a striking contrast against the young deep bronze foliage which later turns to mid green in summer and rich orange/red in autumn, often accompanied by small black fruits. Requiring some acidity and moisture in the soil, it will reach a height and spread of 4 metres. There are many other varieties of Amelanchier from which to choose, some with a more upright habit such as ‘Robin Hill’ and ‘Ballerina’ if space is limited.
Acer platanoides ‘Crimson Sentry’ – This handsome variety of the Norway Maple would make an excellent feature tree proudly standing up to its name with a narrow columnar habit to just 2 metres. The striking dark crimson foliage throughout summer gradually turns to shades of red, brown and orange in autumn and then falls to create a magical tapestry of colour on the ground below. Ideal for tough situations, this robust tree is tolerant of pollution and exposed coastal positions and will thrive in any soil.
Sorbus ‘Cashmiriana’ – The Kashmir Rowan is an excellent small tree of open spreading habit, with profuse clusters of shell pink flowers hanging from coral coloured stems in spring, these mature to eye-catching ivory white berries festooning the branches well into winter. One of the smallest rowans available, growing to just 3-5 metres, the attractive blue-green foliage turns orange and yellow in autumn. Use the striking berries for an unusual addition to Christmas floral arrangements.