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Willow (salix fragilis) crack willow,grey catkins,red brown shoots.                                                                                   Willow (salix fragilis) crack willow,grey catkins,red brown shoots.


Salix Fragilis (crack willow) is the common willow to most valleys and riversides. Towards the spring the shoots become increasingly red-brown until the leaves and flowers emerge. In the summer the big, well spaced glossy leaves distinguish this willow. This has a broad, domed crown even when young and when old heavy branches low on the bole....[more]


 Green Beech (fagus sylvatica) tree or excellent as hedging , retains golden leaves in winter. Green Beech (fagus sylvatica) tree or excellent as hedging , retains golden leaves in winter.

The mighty Green beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) makes a bold statement, consequently it is a top pick among home owners looking for a low maintenance tree to decorate their property.What's more, can live up to 400 years, once planted, the specimen will remain an attractive fixture for generations to come.more]


Bird Cherry (prunus padus) native tree or hedging, fragrant blossom,orange/red autumn colours. Bird Cherry (prunus padus) native tree or hedging, fragrant blossom,orange/red autumn colours.

The bird cherry tree is native to Britain and looks stunning in late spring when it is covered with masses of white almond scented fragrant blossom. An important tree for wildlife as well as ornamental value. Its a wild cherry with clusters of glossy-black berried fruits that only the birds will eat , in fact loved by them. Beautiful h...[more]


Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) tree.Hardy tree. Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) tree.Hardy tree.

Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra) is a tough tree-In autumn it turns brilliant gold colour. The black walnut is a large, fast growing deciduous tree with distinctive ridged bark and butter yellow autumn leaves. An abundance of edible nuts are produced in autumn,  you probably know when they are ready when you see lots of squirrels in your t...[more]


Common Alder (alnus glutinosa) tree thrives in wet soils,prevents erosion on river banks ,catkins,fruit throughout winter. Common Alder (alnus glutinosa) tree thrives in wet soils,prevents erosion on river banks ,catkins,fruit throughout winter.

The valuable British native  common alder tree species that is known to directly support over 90 different organisms. Thrives in wet soils, prevents erosion on river banks. Male and female catkins grow on same tree ripening in spring. The rough bark can sprout young shoots.

 It will grow on wet sites that are not too acid or flooded f...[more]


Common Walnut  (Juglans Regia)  specimen tree,drooping catkins,edible nuts Common Walnut (Juglans Regia) specimen tree,drooping catkins,edible nuts

Common Walnut Tree (Juglans Regia)- The bark is smooth, olive brown when young and silvery-grey on older branches. The male flowers are in drooping catkins and the female flowers ripen in the autumn into a fruit with husk.

Walnut seeds-Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded fruits ...[more]


Downy Birch (betula pubescens) native tree.Thrives on wet soils. Downy Birch (betula pubescens) native tree.Thrives on wet soils.


This British native birch tree is the best choice for planting on wet sites. It is completely hardy throughout Britain and will provide shelter for other species of trees planted nearby. Downy birch is extremely valuable for wildlife because of the large number of insects and mites which are associated with it. The shoots are purplish brown an...[more]


Field Maple (acer campestre) tree or hedging, good autumn colour,withstands air pollution. Field Maple (acer campestre) tree or hedging, good autumn colour,withstands air pollution.

Field maple is a deciduous British native tree particularly valued for the wildlife it supports, its small size (seldom over 18 metres tall) and subtle yellow autumn foliage colour. Traditionally it was often managed as under wood game cover. Cutback, or even coppiced, it produces bushy regrowth giving excellent low level shelter from the wind. ...[more]


Green Alder tree or hedging plants Green Alder tree or hedging plants

Green Alder-This small tree or shrubby bush is an ideal plant for site improvement, wind stability and as a nurse to more valuable upland species. It originates in the central European Alps and the mountains of South-east Europe. It is very good for rapidly covering up rocky ground and derelict industrial reclamation sites. It was introduced to Britain in 1820 but has never been w...[more]


Grey Alder (alnus incana) fast growing hardy tree,likes wet ground tolerates poor soil conditions. Grey Alder (alnus incana) fast growing hardy tree,likes wet ground tolerates poor soil conditions.

This is a widely distributed aggressive pioneer species from mainland Europe and Russia, but it is not a British native. A subspecies (rugosa) occurs across North America. It is totally hardy in most of Britain, and thrives on cold wet ground making it ideal for planting on reclaimed and derelict land. It suckers freely and its wide spreading roots fix atmospheric nitrogen. Where the root rot phyt...[more]


Hazel (corylus avellana) native tree or hedging plant,catkins, good for wildlife. Hazel (corylus avellana) native tree or hedging plant,catkins, good for wildlife.

The British native hazel  tree is exceptionally valuable for wildlife and habitat conservation.Hazel is also very much sought after when it comes to hedging as it is compact neat and easy to maintain and again wildlife friendly.

Grows well throughout the UK. Male flowers are catkins, females are small buds,produces edible nuts attracting mice a...[more]


Holm Oak (quercus ilex) Evergreen hardy tree,withstands sea winds, good as shelterbelt . Holm Oak (quercus ilex) Evergreen hardy tree,withstands sea winds, good as shelterbelt .

Holm oak-Is a good shelter belt tree, can withstand sea winds, late spring produces male catkins, acorns are pointed and does not loose its leaves but would not tolerate very cold climates. 
There are few very large real evergreen broad leaved trees that will grow in Britain. Holm oak is one, it mak...[more]


Hornbeam tree or hedging plants (carpinus betulas) Grows well on clay, good autumn colour. Hornbeam tree or hedging plants (carpinus betulas) Grows well on clay, good autumn colour.

The hornbeam tree is native to Europe and Asia Minor, including southern Britain. Grows well on clay forming a rounded crown.Leaves turn in autumn to orange, russet and gold.

 It is superficially like beech but is more tolerant of frost and poor ground. The wood is white, hard and heavy, but not flexible. It has few modern uses but it was forme...[more]


Horse Chestnut tree native specimen (aesculus hippocastanum) Likes most soils,produces white flowers,late summer conkers. Horse Chestnut tree native specimen (aesculus hippocastanum) Likes most soils,produces white flowers,late summer conkers.

Horse Chestnut tree-Every one who ever collected a Conker knows this large, spreading tree, with its lovely pink/white 'candle flowers' that cover the tree in early summer and light up the May landscape. The leaves are deep green, turning a rustic amber colour in autumn.

 Fully grown specimens...[more]


Italian Alder tree (alnus cordata). Fast growing tree in dry and wet soil conditions. Italian Alder tree (alnus cordata). Fast growing tree in dry and wet soil conditions.

Italian Alder-Fast growing tree in dry and wet soil conditions. Glossy green leaves with cones and catkins. Smooth grey/green bark.


 It was introduced to Britain sometime before 1820. Here it tolerates dryish soils and is therefore less prone to root rot than most other alders.  A lovely and shapely tree distinguished from a...[more]


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