This week Lorraine’s article is Part 1 of 3 and features 6 plants from the 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.
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ – This beautiful ornamental pear has many seasonal attributes from sprays of fragrant white blossom in late Spring, to glossy green foliage which turns into a kaleidoscope of colour in autumn. Produces small brown pear-like fruit which are inedible. Maturing to a height of 7 metres with a spread of 3, the conical upright habit makes this a good choice for an urban setting.
Prunus ‘Royal Burgundy’ – A reliable flowering cherry tree with rich purple foliage, maturing to bronze in the autumn, and hanging clusters of rose-pink blossom in spring. The copper red bark is an added attraction which makes this an outstanding small specimen for any size of garden; choose a site where the blossom can be admired at close quarters and preferably with a green backdrop to show off the stunning foliage colours. The compact, upright habit matures to a height of 4 metres with a spread of 3.
Hoheria sexstylosa ‘Snow White’ – A native of New Zealand, the evergreen Lacebark tree deserves a place in every garden. Growing to 5 metres with a neat pyramid shape, the bright green toothed foliage is set against deep purple bark and with a profusion of star-shaped fragrant white flowers appearing in July, there is much to recommend it. Add height in a border, use as a hedging or screening plant, or as a stand-alone specimen. Provide a sheltered spot, as although they are hardy in the south, more protection may be required in northern counties.
Acer rubrum ‘October Glory’ – Heralding the arrival of autumn, the palmate foliage of this Sycamore emerges pink, but gradually matures to green with white undersides, before turning a show-stopping vivid scarlet. With flaky bark, a show of red spring flowers, this large tree growing to 7 metres with a rounded canopy of 3 metres would make a fine focal point in a large lawn.
Cercis Canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ – Ruby Falls is a new cultivar of this popular graceful deciduous species, with classic heart-shaped maroon foliage which turns a deeper purple and finally yellow in autumn. The attractive clusters of pea-like lavender-pink flowers clothe the bare branches in spring. Requiring only minimum maintenance of a light prune in January, this lovely tree is a must for those keen to introduce colourful foliage interest into their gardens.
Arbutus unedo – The Strawberry tree is a Mediterranean native which thrives in British gardens. A slow-growing evergreen with rough textured mahogany coloured bark and dark green leathery leaves, it produces clusters of Rose-pink pitcher-shaped flowers which appear in autumn, when the red strawberry fruits from the previous year’s flowers also ripen, giving an unusual floral/fruit contrast. In maturity, it will reach a height of 5 metres with a spread of 4. An excellent tree for blocking out an unsightly view.