Poor and acid soils

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  • Douglas Fir tree (Pseudotsuga Menzieii)

    Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menzieii) apart from the Giant Redwood is the tallest tree growing on the North American west coast. They are large and vigorous evergreen conifers. They are great for poor soil, as long as the site is not dry. Mature trees in the open have a lush, attractive canopy. It can be grown…
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  • Downy Birch (betula pubescens)

    British native birch trees are the best choice of trees 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…
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  • Lawson Cypress Hedging Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana

    Lawson Cypress Hedging and Tree (Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana)-Britain's most popular garden conifer planted for ornamental purposes and for hedging. Tough and hardy, tolerant of most soils as long as well drained. Foliage is light green with female flower appearing on ends of branchlets and red male flowers growing on ends of branches, when ripe turn red.…
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  • Sessile Oak tree (quercus patraea)

    Of the two common oaks in Britain the (quercus patraea) sessile oak tends to prefer clay soil or sandy sites. Common and sessile oak are very alike but the sessile oak produces it's acorns directly onto the twigs whereas the common oak produces acorns onto stalks. Sessile leaves underneath are slightly hairy.
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  • Silver Birch Tree (Betula Pendula)

    The Silver Birch tree (Betula Pendula) is one of the most recognised and popular trees in Britain.  Its 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 delicate looking tree but it is very hardy and like…
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  • Sweet Chestnut (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…
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