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Illustrated List: A to Z

Acacia dealbata

hardiness code red Ferny leaves and masses of yellow flowers in spring. Red label but grows fast and survives most winters anywhere. Hardy in London. To 25 ft. more…

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Acacia pravissima

hardiness code amber Very distinctive small, weeping, evergreen tree (to 20 ft) with curious little triangular leaves. Masses of fragrant yellow flowers in spring. more…

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Arbutus unedo

hardiness code green Compared with Arbutus glandulosa it doesn't have the bark, a bit hardier, fruits more, and is smaller. more…

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Arbutus x andrachnoides

hardiness code amber Beautiful evergreen (20 ft) with everything. Fast growing, winter flowering and the most remarkable bark. ESSENTIAL more…

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Azara microphylla

hardiness code amber Tiny round shiny evergreen leaves and sweet vanilla scented flowers in February/March. Another lovely little tree from Chile that loves our climate. more…

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Colletia cruciata (or paradoxa)

hardiness code amber Similar to Colletia armatia but even more so! Smaller, but more vicious! Formidable obstructions to unwelcome visitors. Sweet almond scented flowers. more…

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Cordyline australis

hardiness code red It's not a palm, doesn't look anything like a cabbage and it comes from New Zealand (not Torquay) anyway. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Cordyline australis 'Albertii'

hardiness code red A remarkable Cordyline with a head of sword shaped green leaves variegated red and white. Frost tender, easy in a pot, slow growing and well behaved. more…

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Daphniphyllum macropodum

hardiness code green Tough as old boots but much more exotic. Small, rare evergreen tree with domed head, leaves hanging, purple new growth, red stalks. A favourite. more…

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Drimys winteri

hardiness code amber A highly reliable little evergreen tree from South America with masses of white flowers and an upright, multi-stemmed habit. To 20 ft. more…

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Eleagnus x ebbingei

hardiness code green Extremely frost, salt and wind hardy evergreen with silver leaves and nice little smelly white flowers. Often seen as a hedge, we grow it as a small tree. more…

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Eriobotrya japonica

hardiness code amber The best and easiest large leafed evergreen small tree for British gardens. Pale green shuttlecocks, spring and autumn. To 12 ft. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Eucalyptus aggregata

hardiness code green Densest and greenest of all the hardy gum trees. Very desirable yet rare in cultivation. Seems perfectly hardy. Has grown to 20 ft in six years here. more…

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Eucalyptus debeuzevillei

hardiness code green Small (to 25 ft), hardy and beautiful with a rather difficult name. Similar to E. niphofila but with a whiter bloom to its branches. more…

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Eucalyptus glaucescens

hardiness code green Masses of round silvery leaves when young - maintained by annual stooling. Substantial (40 ft) tree with shiny-sickle shaped leaves. more…

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Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

hardiness code amber An evergreen columnar tree from Chile. Covered in white flowers in late summer. Unlike most Eucryphias, happy on limey soil. Grows to about 30 ft. more…

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Genista aetnensis

hardiness code green One of the most distinctive small trees that can be grown in Britain. Elegant and easy, masses of yellow flowers in July. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Griselinia littoralis

hardiness code amber A fleshy, apple-green leafed, evergreen shrub or small tree from New Zealand. Very salt resistant, very distinctive and remarkably hardy. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Laurus nobilis 'Angustifolia'

hardiness code amber Much prettier and hardier than the common one you put in stews. Aromatic and salt resistant, a beautiful little tree. more…

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Ligustrum lucidum

hardiness code green One of our very best landscape trees. Large leafed evergreen, fast growing, domed head, covered in white flowers. To about 25 ft. more…

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Lithocarpus edulis

hardiness code amber Large and glossy, evergreen and exotic. Slow growing and excellent in dark and difficult spots. A rare Japanese evergreen Oak. Easy, but a lime hater. more…

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Lomatia ferruginea

hardiness code amber An utterly beautiful member of the exotic Protea family. Large, evergreen, ferny leaves. ESSENTIAL if you have poor acid soil and a fairly open site. more…

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Lyonothamnus floribundus aspleniifolius

hardiness code amber Piles of ferny evergreen leaves and beautiful red stringy bark. Totally fabulous plant. Surprisingly hardy. To 20 ft. more…

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Magnolia delavayi

hardiness code amber Huge evergreen leaves. Mere words cannot do this wonderful Chinese tree justice - and a lime lover! Always in short supply. more…

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Magnolia grandiflora

hardiness code green Another ESSENTIAL evergreen tree. Big glossy leaves, huge smelly white flowers. Best as a free standing tree, not the traditional wall shrub. To 30 ft. more…

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Maytenus boaria

hardiness code amber Elegant, evergreen, willow-like tree for open sites. Salt resistant. Visit the grove at Portmeirion, and swoon. In the Home Counties, 25 ft. more…

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Myrtus apiculata

hardiness code amber Orange Bark Myrtle. An outstanding small evergreen tree (20 ft) with remarkable orange and white bark. Also grown by us as a Niwaki. more…

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Myrtus apiculata 'Niwaki'

hardiness code amber Orange Bark Myrtle. An outstanding small evergreen tree (20 ft) with remarkable orange and white bark. Also grown by us as a Niwaki. more…

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Nothofagus dombeyi

hardiness code green One of the most successful evergreen broadleaf trees for Britain. To 30 ft or more, very easy to grow and very beautiful. more…

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Olea europaea

hardiness code red Small evergreen tree with little white flowers in early summer. These will be followed by olives that will only ripen in this country if kept under glass. more…

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Osmanthus yunnanensis

hardiness code amber The most architectural of the genus. Large leafed, distinctive, evergreen little tree (to 20 ft). Unaccountably rare. All Osmanthuses = nice smells. more…

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Phillyrea latifolia

hardiness code green It's sculptural. To 20 ft with domes and bumps of tight evergreen foliage. Very hardy, very Japanesee, one of the very best. more…

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  • 3 litre : £16.50

Phillyrea latifolia 'Niwaki'

hardiness code green It's sculptural. To 20 ft with domes and bumps of tight evergreen foliage. Very hardy, very Japanesee, one of the very best. more…

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Photinia glabra

hardiness code green A clever idea from Italy - a bush grafted onto a trunk producing a tidy little evergreen tree with new growth that's red and frothy white flowers in May. more…

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Photinia serrulata

hardiness code amber Aristocratic evergreen (15 ft) with an exotic habit and new bronzy leaves in January. Not to be confused with the better known Roundabout species. more…

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Pittosporum tobira

hardiness code amber Shiny, tough, evergreen leaves and delicious, powerfully smelly cream coloured flowers in June. Very Japanese. Excellent by the seaside. To 6 ft. more…

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Prunus laurocerasus

hardiness code green Well known as a hedge but we grow it as a tree . Fragrant white flowers in April. Grows to 15 ft. Tough as old boots and very pretty. more…

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Prunus lusitanica

hardiness code green Well known evergreen, tough as old boots. It has so many uses - we sell it as Mushrooms, Cones, Mop Heads and for Hedging. more…

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Pseudopanax chathamica

hardiness code amber Long thin leathery leaves organised in an architectural manner on top of a slender trunk and if you think it sounds odd, it's ordinary compared with Pseudopanax crassifolius more…

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Pseudopanax crassifolius

hardiness code amber from New Zealand. In its juvenile state, 2 ft long leaves, very thin, hanging at 45 degrees from the trunk. Outrageous. One of our more original designs. more…

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Pseudopanax laetus

hardiness code red The pretty one. Large glossy evergreen bush. Pseudopanax don't seem to bother much with soppy things like roots - they actually like growing in a pot. more…

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Quercus ilex

hardiness code green One of the finest large broadleafed evergreen trees that will grow in Britain. An important companion to growing Tree Ferns (ask for details). more…

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Quercus ilex (multi-stemmed)

hardiness code green One of the finest large broadleafed evergreen trees that will grow in Britain. An important companion to growing Tree Ferns (ask for details). more…

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Quercus myrsinifolia

hardiness code green Piles of evergreen bamboo-like foliage (reddish when young). An utterly beautiful tree to 30 ft after many years. more…

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Quercus suber

hardiness code amber Much more successful in Britain than many people realise. Evergreen, to 25 ft, dense and round headed, lovely bark (cork). more…

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Rhamnus alaternus 'Argeteovariegata'

hardiness code amber Like the variegated Pittosporums - but much hardier and faster growing. Very reliable, variegated evergreen to 10 ft. or more. Lots of orange flowers. more…

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Tamarix gallica

hardiness code green Either as a first line of defence at the seaside or as a beautiful, feathery little tree, inland. Pink flowers in summer. Standards available. more…

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Trachycarpus fortunei

hardiness code green Ridiculously frost hardy but please don't try to grow it on the seafront. Many sizes - the big ones with stripped trunks. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Trochodendron aralioides

hardiness code green Primitive, weird and unique from its evergreen Schefflera-like leaves to its vivid green flowers. Very frost hardy, slow growing to 15 ft. more…

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  • 3 litre : £16.50

Viburnum cinnamomifolium

hardiness code green As Viburnums go, an absolute monster. Similar to the well known V. davidii, but bigger in every respect; leaves almost twice the size, could reach 15ft. more…

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  • 3 litre : £14.50

Viburnum tinus (quarter standard)

hardiness code green Dead common but not to be under estimated. This has so much more to offer pruned into a little tree - try it! And it flowers all winter long. more…

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