Deciduous, small/medium, hardy, spreading tree. Leaves are deeply divided, pink/red when emerging, green in summer then turning bright yellow in autumn. Yellow flowers in July and August, in large upright terminal panicles, followed by bladder-like green fruits. Best flowers in a warm sheltered spot on a well-drained soil.
The most spectacular of the laburnums in flower. Fragrant yellow, long chains thickly drape the spreading branches in early June. Produces little seed. Needs a well-drained soil and best in sun. ALL PARTS OF THIS TREE ARE POISONOUS.
Fast growing, deciduous conifer, with a conical crown when young, broadening on maturity. Fully hardy. Young shoots in spring are bright green becoming rich green later then a stunning autumnal show of reds and yellows. Attractive small cones are retained throughout winter.
LIGUSTRUM LUCIDUM ‘EXCELSUM SUPERBUM’ – Chinese Privet
Large, evergreen plant with long pointed leaves. Very striking variegated form, the leaves are bright green marked with pale green and edged with yellow or greenish-yellow.
[b]LIQUIDAMBAR – Picturesque large trees. Brilliant autumn colours – best in full sun and lime free, well-drained, fertile soil.[/b]
Deciduous, conical to spreading tree. Develops ridged corky bark making an interesting winter feature. Lobed, maple shaped glossy, dark green leaves turn brilliant orange, red and purple in the autumn. Thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Autumn colours not good on limey soils.
LIQUIDAMBAR STYRACIFLUA ‘WORPLESDON VARIETY’
Deciduous tree, with maple-like shiny green leaves, with long narrow lobes, turning orange and yellow in autumn. Silver-grey or corky bark is a conspicuous winter feature.
LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA – Tulip Tree
A vigorous, deciduous, spreading tree. Deep green unusually shaped foliage with a cut-off or notched tip and lobed sides, turn clear butter yellow in autumn – a stunning display. Tulip shaped orange marked, greenish-white blooms produced in mid summer on trees over the age of at least 16 years. Succeeds in all types of fertile soils, in part or full sun.
LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA ‘AUREOMARGINATA’
Rare sought after deciduous tree. Deep green leaves have yellow margins, cut-off or notched tips and lobed sides. Cup-shaped, greenish white flowers, splashed orange, in summer on mature trees. Good autumnal yellow colour. Well drained soil and not too exposed a site in sun or part shade.
LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA ‘FASTIGIATUM’
Vigorous, deciduous tree of broadly columnar habit. Deep green unusually shaped foliage with a cut-off or notched tip and lobed sides, turn clear butter yellow in autumn – a stunning display. Ideal for confined spaces
MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA ‘PRAECOX’
One of the most magnificent evergreens. If given shelter and full sun it is surprisingly hardy. Leathery leaves are brown underneath and are topped by clusters of large, fragrant creamy white flowers in late summer. Best in lime-free soil.
[b]MALUS – FLOWERING CRAB APPLES – All our selected varieties are easily grown in any reasonably fertile soil that is not waterlogged. All develop into small or medium sized trees. Providing spring flowers in April /May followed by colourful autumnal foliage displays.[/b]
An early free flowering small tree of broad rounded habit. Young leaves reddish bronze. Flowers large, soft red with white centre. Fruits orange-red with a crimson flush, persisting into winter.
MALUS BACCATA VAR MANDSCHURICA – Manchurian Crab Apple
A bushy, fully hardy, deciduous tree with white flowers in late spring followed by green fruit in autumn.
Deciduous, small/medium tree. Dark green foliage and open cup-shaped white flowers cover the branches in late spring. In autumn, branches are weighed down by a profusion of orange/ yellow crab apples. A good bird feast! Any reasonable soil in sun or part shade.
Deciduous, small/medium, spreading tree with very pale pink, semi double, ‘violet scented’ flowers in late spring. Requires full sun and well-drained soil.
A deciduous small/medium, vigorous spreading tree. Dark green foliage reddish-purple when young. Pale red flowers mid-spring followed by reddish-purple crab apples.
The largest fruiting Crab Apple. Beautiful spring pink and white blossom is followed by large red-flushed crab apples – excellent for preserves. A fairly upright tree when young, later becoming more spreading.
Deciduous, small tree. Flowers in great profusion, wine-red, slightly fragrant, about 4cm across, borne in clusters of 6 or 7. Fruits small ox-blood red. Partially lobed leaves.
Conical in shape and growing up to 6m in height and spread. Red buds open to white flowers followed by red flushed orange/yellow fruits. Oval dark green leaves. RHS award of merit. Any well drained soil in sun or part shade.
Deciduous, spreading, dense-headed semi-pendulous tree. Pale pink flowers, red in bud, from mid- to late spring, followed by tiny, pea- shaped, yellow crab apples in autumn.
Deciduous, upright, vase shaped tree. Dark green foliage and open cup-shaped white flowers cover the branches in late spring. In autumn, branches are weighed down by a profusion of bright yellow crab apples. A good bird feast! Makes a good pollinator for many apple trees.
Deciduous spreading tree. Beautiful scented pure white blossom. Large, glossy red fruit remain on the tree into early November.
A special variety with large dark pink flowers, large red fruit which are superb for jelly. The height and spread after 10 years 4m x 3m.
MALUS ‘JELLY KING’
Spectacular large orange-pink fruit that persist much longer than most large fruited crab apples. White blossom in spring. Makes excellent pink jelly.
Deciduous tree, narrow and upright when young conical when mature. White flowers, borne amid bright green foliage in late spring, are followed by large, edible, red-flushed crab apples in autumn. One of the best fruiting crab apples. Good pollinator for many apple trees. EB
Deciduous, small tree with a dense crown. Oval, often lobed bronze-green, shiny leaves, reddish-purple when young. Dark purple-pink flowers open from dark red buds in late spring. Glossy, cherry-like, dark purple-red fruits. Height to 6m(20ft).
An absolutely superb crab apple in blossom – one of the best. Clouds of pink and white flowers smother the branches in April followed by small yellow fruits in autumn. Ht to 5m, spread 3m.
Flowers in great profusion, wine red, fragrant. Fruits are small, deep red. Leaves and young growth is coppery red.
Small crab apple. Covered in white flowers in mid season followed by large red fruits and colourful autumnal foliage.
A beautiful small tree with slender, weeping branches. Young leaves are bright green with flowers of white and pink. Fruits are bright red, the size of small cherries.
White flowers, mid-season. Large red fruits in clusters give a pendulous effect unsurpassed in brilliance and often retained throughout winter.
Deciduous, spreading tree with glossy, purple foliage. Crimson-purple flowers appear from mid to late spring, followed by dark red crab apples in autumn.
Upright habit. Leaves bronze/red when young maturing to bronze green. Single pink/red flowers, red in bud. Large orange/yellow fruit, which persist well into winter. Good resistance to scab. Small tree up to 4m any reasonable soil in sun or part shade.
Upright, narrow tree. Dark green leaves with a beautiful show of double white scented flowers, followed by sparse yellow fruit in autumn.
A deciduous and spreading tree. With dark, glabrous green foliage when mature and when young reddish-purple. Flowers are white or a soft suffused pink, these appear in mid- spring, and are soon followed by yellowish-green or red-flushed crab apples.
Small, not usually more than 3m. Flowers are pink in bud, fading to white. Red or yellowish fruits.
A slender, elegant small tree. Narrowly lobed, downy leaves giving excellent autumn colours. Slightly fragrant, creamy white flowers in May are followed by small, yellow fruits.
A small tree with a distinctive columnar habit and erect branches. Semi double flowers rose scarlet in bud opening shell pink/white. Yellow fruits. Excellent crab for the small garden. Any reasonable soil for sun or shade.
A small growing tree, covered in April – May, with a profusion of sweetly scented flowers, pink in bud, opening to white, star shaped blooms, followed by attractive crab fruits. Good autumnal shades, yellow, orange, crimson.
A very old English fruit. Small, wide spreading tree with large hairy leaves, which turn a warm russet in autumn. Large white flowers, in May and June, are followed by brown fruits, which are ideal for jellies or preserves – but an acquired taste when eaten raw!
MESPILUS GERMANICA ‘NOTTINGHAM’ – Medlar
A large fruited form of the Medlar. This tree will give reliable crops in most seasons.
Fast-growing, deciduous, upright conifer with fibrous, reddish bark. Soft, blue-green leaves turn yellow, pink and red in autumn. Cones are globose to ovoid, 2cm long. Thrives best in wet soil and part shade.
Deciduous, spreading tree. Has heart shaped, deeply lobed, glossy leaves that turn yellow in autumn. Bears edible sweet, pink to red/purple fruits. Any well-drained, fertile soil but will fruit better in a sheltered position e.g. town or coastal location.
MORUS ALBA ‘PENDULA’
Weeping tree with closely packed falling branches. Bears edible sweet, pink to red/purple fruits. Very ornamental when in full fruit.
Deciduous, small, round headed tree, becoming gnarled, twisted and spreading with age. Very long lived. Heart shaped dark green leaves are downy on the underside, turn yellow in autumn. Bears edible, oval, succulent, dark purplish black fruits in late summer or early autumn. Enjoys the same soils conditions and positions as the White Mulberry.
NYSSA SYLVATICA – Tupelo
Most noticeable for it’s autumn colouring. In summer the 15cm long, oval, pointed leaves are dark glossy green, in autumn the whole tree becomes awash with yellow, orange and rich scarlet foliage. Columnar habit making it good for smaller spaces, good in part shade.
OSTRYA CARPINIFOLIA – Hop Hornbeam
Deciduous, round headed, medium size tree. Leaves ovate, double toothed, which give clear yellow autumn colour. Long fruits with each nutlet enclosed in a bladder-like husk. Especially attractive in spring when the branches are strung with long drooping male catkins.