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Trees - ever fancied growing one in your garden, but worried about it getting too big? They're not all giants and our range features deciduous and evergreen trees for all sizes of garden. Some can even be grown in large containers on the patio.
Crab Apple 'John Downie'
One of the most popular crab apples for jelly making! Pink buds open to reveal pretty white cup shaped blossom in April and May, followed by large orange and red fruits in autumn. Crab Apple ‘John Downie’ makes an attractive and productive specimen tree for smaller gardens, with a long season of interest. Crab apple fruits can be harvested to make delicious crab apple jelly. Any unpicked fruits will soften after a few frosts to create a sumptuous food source for wild birds. Crab apples are self fertile and if planted near orchard apple trees make excellent pollinators. Rootstock: M26. Height and spread: 3m (10’).
Estimated time to cropping once planted: 1 year.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.More info
Bay Tree (Standard)
Laurus nobilis, Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay TreeMore info
Arbutus unedo (Large Plant)
This striking shrub makes a superb focal point for year-round interest. Its leathery, evergreen foliage and peeling, cinnamon brown bark form a superb backdrop for the clusters of small, white, urn-shaped flowers in autumn. The dainty blooms give way to scarlet red fruits that only fully ripen in the following year, as a new set of flowers emerge.
The edible fruits of Arbutus unedo have a sharp aftertaste when eaten raw, but can be made into jams and preserves for a sweeter, guava-like flavour. This neat, compact variety is an ideal specimen shrub for a sheltered position. Although perfectly hardy once mature, Arbutus trees will appreciate a layer of fleece for winter protection when young. Perfect for coastal gardens and sheltered woodland areas. Height and spread up to: 8m (25').More info
Cercis siliquastrum (Large Plant)
Also known as the Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum is a bushy, well-branched tree, which can be suitable for smaller gardens. The rosy-pink blooms are actually produced on the older wood stems, giving a lovely pendant effect.
The heart-shaped leaves are attractive, and appear after the flowers, and turn lustrous yellow by autumn. The Judas Tree is a true architectural plant, and looks especially impressive when in bloom during the spring. Some of the most spectacular spring colour for the garden! Height and Spread: up to 10m (32’).More info
Laurus nobilis (Large Plant)
Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay
Bay Laurel is a handsome, upright, evergreen tree or shrub with aromatic, leathery leaves, which can be used in cooking. It is easy to grow and maintain, and although Laurus nobilis can ultimately grow quite large, they can be clipped into various forms of topiary and hedging.
The evergreen foliage is glossy, and makes an elegant addition to borders, herb gardens or patio containers. Each spring, Bay trees are smothered with clusters of pale yellow flowers which are highly attractive to bees. Laurus nobilis also holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: up to 12m (40’). Spread: 10m (30’).More info
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