THE BEECH FAMILY – Contains some of the grandest of trees, most being medium to large in size. The one thing that all the Beech family dislike is cold, wet clay soils. Not suitable for coastal sites with salt laden winds.
Our native beech. Deciduous, spreading tree with oval, wavy edged leaves. Pale green young leaves turn dark green then rich yellow in autumn. The brown dead leaves are retained on young stems most of the winter providing a partial screen. Nuts produced on mature specimens. Avoiding heavy wet sites it will thrive in extremes of acidity and alkalinity in sun or part shade.
Deciduous medium to large tree with smooth silver-grey bark.. Leaves are finely cut and turn a deep butter yellow and copper in autumn. will tolerate extremes of acidity or alkalinity.
A weeping tree with deep red-purple foliage, magnificent in summer.
Splendid upright form, broadening with age to make an imposing green column, turning coppery gold in autumn. Excellent as spot plants for avenues or where space is limited.
A splendid narrow columnar tree with deep purple foliage. Ultimately still quite a large tree, but better for confined spaces.
Deciduous weeping tree with oval, wavy edged, green leaves that change to yellow and orange in the autumn. Makes a dense mushroomed shaped tree with branches trailing to the ground. Thrives best in a well-drained soil in full or part sun.
Magnificent alone or grouped with green beech. Characteristics and requirements as for beech above. Leaves a deep purple colour in summer becoming orange/yellow in autumn.
FAGUS SYLVATICA ‘TRICOLOR’
Deciduous, slow growing tree with purple leaves edged with an irregular pale pink border. Needs well drained soil and a reasonably protected site especially when young.
FAGUS SYLVATICA ‘RIVERSII’
Deciduous, large tree with large very dark purple leaves
ASH Fast growing trees thriving in most soils. Good for windswept areas, coastal situations and smoke polluted areas
Vigorous, deciduous, spreading tree. Timber widely used. Dark green leaves with usually 9-11 oval leaflets, becoming yellow in autumn. Black leaf buds are conspicuous in winter. Survives on most soils and in most situations.
A small weeping tree with yellow young shoots, forming an umbrella-shaped crown. Excellent winter interest. Any well drained soil in sun or part sun. Good for coastal areas, good for chalk soil.
Vigorous growing tree. Young shoots are golden yellow and give good winter interest. Foliage is golden in spring, later becoming green providing a vivid contrast to the black buds and small flowers. Autumn colour is also good – yellow. Grows in any reasonable soil. Good to keep regularly coppiced to encourage plenty of young growth.
Forms roundish heads of divergent and contorted branches from which long shoots grow downward. Beautiful autumnal colour. Tolerant of most soils and positions.
A brightly variegated tree leaves margined and mottled creamy-white.
FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR ‘WESTHOF’S GLORIE’
Vigorous tree, upright when young, later spreading. As excelsior -not as vigorous but still tolerant of all the same conditions. Leaves are dark green, opening late, turning butter yellow in autumn.
Deciduous, round headed tree. Has deep green leaves with 5-9 leaflets. Panicles of scented creamy white flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by clusters of ‘keys’ (seeds), which are usually retained into winter. Tolerant of a wide range of soils conditions and positions. Very ornamental tree for the medium/large garden, good for screening.
Narrow at first broadening with age into a beautiful specimen tree. Narrow leaflets arranged in a circular fan shape cover the branches. The foliage in autumn turns plum purple – exceptional autumnal interest.
An astonishing tree – a relic of a prehistoric age. It is technically a deciduous conifer – with thick lobed leaves and stocky stems. This particular selection is grown for it’s bright yellow autumn leaf colour. Prefers well-drained soil and shelter – Ht to 10m – but a slow-grower.
Deciduous conifer. The surviving member of an ancient family of trees, whose ancestors occurred about 160 million years ago. A deciduous tree of conical habit, with fan-shaped, undivided leaves, which turn beautiful clear yellow prior to falling in autumn. Tolerant of industrial areas.
Deciduous, fast growing, spreading large tree. Trunk is very thorny. Fern-like glossy dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn. Small insignificant green flowers followed by attractive shining brown seedpods. Tolerant of atmospheric/industrial pollution.
Deciduous, spreading tree with glossy, dark bronze-red young foliage, turning dark bronze-green by midsummer. Prefers a well drained soil.
A beautiful spreading tree, with feathered leaves, bright yellow young foliage in spring, later becoming green but colours best in full sun. One of the most effective golden trees. Oriental looking branch structure.
A large shrub or small tree. Very beautiful in spring when the bare branches are draped with white bell-shaped flowers in clusters of 3 or 5, followed by small winged fruits. Prefers moist lime free, well drained soil.
Fast-growing, deciduous, spreading tree. Very large, aromatic leaves that are pointed, glossy, and dark green. On mature trees produces edible walnuts in the autumn. Prefers a site that is not subject to late frosts in full or part sun and any reasonable well-drained soil.
A distinctive, spreading tree with smooth, grey bark becoming deeply fissured with age. Attractive aromatic large pinnate leaves. Prefers a site that is not subject to late frosts in full or part sun and any reasonable well-drained soil.
JUNIPERUS SCOPULORUM ‘SKYROCKET’ – Rocky Mountain Juniper
Narrow, ‘pencil-like’ conifer, ideal for breaking up low or horizontal planting scheme, as a single specimen or as a group. Attractive blue-grey foliage. Quite a rapid grower.