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Purple Beech  tree or hedging plant (fagus sylvatica purpurea) Purple Beech tree or hedging plant (fagus sylvatica purpurea)

 The purple beech tree is a large noble tree with deep purple/russet red leaves and silver-grey bark bearing pink tinged flowers.Best planted as a specimen tree where it has space to flourish.  Beech roots thrive in shallow but fertile soil, spreading laterally...[more]

Red Alder tree (alnus rubra) Red Alder tree (alnus rubra)

Red Alder from the North-west American coastal belt this hardy deciduous pioneer is a natural companion to several familiar British grown conifers such as Douglas fir and Sitka spruce. Provenances of red alder from the Cascade Mountains and British Columbia do well here. It makes a wind firm and pleasant looking edge to coniferous mono cultures. It also f...[more]

Red Oak tree (quercus rubra) Red Oak tree (quercus rubra)

Red Oak has fantastic red and orange autumn foliage colour. In Britain the Red Oak is by far the most commonly planted American oak. It comes from eastern North America from Nova Scotia to Georgia. The first introductions to Britain were confused by wrong identification in the early eighteenth century...[more]

Rowan Mountain Ash tree (sorbus aucuparia) Rowan Mountain Ash tree (sorbus aucuparia)

The Rowan or Mountain ash is a native species seen at its best amongst the acid rocky uplands of the north and in Wales. Its display of golden leaves and bunches of radiant scarlet berries on a fine October day is a memorable sight. In woodlands it grows well in association with sessile oak. &n...[more]

Sessile Oak tree (quercus petraea) Sessile Oak tree (quercus petraea)

Of the two common oaks in Britain the sessile oak tends to prefer clay soil or sandy sites. It is native. Common and sessile oak are very alike but the sessile oak produces its acorns directly onto the twigs whereas the common oak produces acorns onto stalks.  Sessile leaves underneath are slightly hairy.



Silver Birch tree (betula pendula) Silver Birch tree (betula pendula)

The Silver Birch tree is one of the most recognised and popular trees in BritainIts silvery white bark and drooping branches make this a very decorative tree for planting both as a landscape tree and in small gardens.  It may be a delica...[more]

Small leaved Lime Tree or Avenue (tilia cordata) Small leaved Lime Tree or Avenue (tilia cordata)

The small leaved lime is an excellent tree for avenue planting and gives good shade. Produces white-ivory small flowers in mid summer.
It has nothing in common with citrus fruit but the name lime derives from the German word Linde which means lime. It is still used for the sounding boards and keys of pianos and organs because it does not warp.

Sweet Chestnut tree (castanea sativa) Sweet Chestnut tree (castanea sativa)

Sweet chestnuts roasting on an open fire at Christmas, whilst in the kitchen preparations are under way in making chestnut stuffing.  A lovely thought, in late summer early autumn the chestnuts ripen to full size,some bursting out of the spiky cases.The chestnuts we buy in shops today are usually imported from France or Italy.  M...[more]

Sycamore tree (acer pseudoplatanus) Sycamore tree (acer pseudoplatanus)

Sycamore trees are wonderfully hardy and robust trees, growing in places that would stunt most others.  Sycamore trees posses a shadiness that helped them to quickly become a favourite of parks, avenues, gardens and farms. The autumn is when sycamore trees really stand out. The winged seeds playfully descend to earth like little helicopters and the t...[more]

Willow (White Willow) Salix Alba tree Willow (White Willow) Salix Alba tree

White willow, these may be dwarf shrubs, bushes or large trees. Many are suitable for ornamental use. Coppice and pollards of some provide superb winter twig colours. Most willows tolerate wet ground (so do not plant over drains), but not sustained total immersion. They are good for wildlife being host to numerous herbivores including mammals and invertebrates. The larger trees contribute meaningf...[more]

Whitebeam tree (sorbus aria) Whitebeam tree (sorbus aria)

The Whitebeam  is a  fairly compact bushy European tree which is also native to south-east England. It can usually be found growing naturally on lime rich soils especially chalk. The broad oval white backed leaves are very decorative in summer. They tend to out shine the flat clusters of creamy-white flowers. In autumn orange-red berries ...[more]

Wild Cherry tree( Prunus Avium) (Gean) Wild Cherry tree( Prunus Avium) (Gean)

Prunus Avium (Wild Cherry or Gean) fruits are bright red to dark purple in colour. The white blossom of our native cherries has brightened Britain's hedgerows and woodlands for millennia.The blossom has an unforgettable display in spring. The flowers fragrance and sweet nectar attract insects to ...[more]

Wild Service Tree (sorbus torminalis) Wild Service Tree (sorbus torminalis)

The wild service tree is one of the rarest of British native trees.  In years gone by the berries were a delicacy for country folk, hanging from strings in kitchens to ripen and then eaten like sweets, full of sugar and exotic hints of dried apricot and sultana. 

The bark is an attractive dark brown and pale grey.  Young trees...[more]

Willow (Goats willow),(Pussy Willow) Salix Caprea tree Willow (Goats willow),(Pussy Willow) Salix Caprea tree

Goats willow also known as pussy willow or sallow.  Normally grows as a sizeable bush but occasionally reaches 10 metres as a small tree. In spring, male trees are quite stunning with their display of bright yellow catkins. The female tree's catkins develop cottony seeds which are released into the wind during May. It has smooth bark twigs and the leaves are quite rounded.


Wych Elm tree (Ulmas Glabra) Wych Elm tree (Ulmas Glabra)

Wych Elm (Ulmas Glabra) is a hardy native Elm that can be used as a hedge plant. As a hedge can be clipped which looks great in summer with its lush, big serrated leaves, in autumn turning distinctive yellow. Wych Elm (Ulmus Glabra) is a very hardy, large native tree , which if it grows freely will reach 30 metres in height.

It is rep...[more]

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