Broadleaf Trees and Shrubs

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  • Blue Tree Lupin

    Lupinus arboreus (Blue)

    Tree Lupin is a short lived evergreen shrub that can grow to 2m tall. Flowers are delicately scented and are produced throughout the summer,  bright dense spikes/clusters of blue or lavender coloured flowers. Nitrogen’fixing’ so good for soil fertility.

    £1.99£4.20
  • boston ivy

    Boston Ivy Seed

    Parthenocissus tricuspidata

    Boston Ivy is a vigorous self clinging deciduous vine with distinctive 3 lobed leaves which turn deep crimson and scarlet in autumn. The fruits are dark blue / black. It makes an ideal climber for the side of a building in semi-shade, and will work on a north wall, although the autumn colour will not be as striking.

    £2.50
  • Box Elder

    Box Elder Seed

    Acer negundo

    Box Elder is not an elder at all but a relatively short-lived, bushy deciduous acer. Fast growing to a medium or large size. The bright green pinnate leaves are paler on the underside. Flowers pale yellow green before the leaves appear. Useful for colonising poor, wet soils but can become invasive and is classed as a pest species in Australia.  There is a variegated form ‘Flamingo’, which has pink, white and green leaves.

    £2.00
  • Broad Leaved Lime Seed

    Tilia platyphyllos

    The Broad Leaved Lime is a large vigorous tree with roundish sharply toothed leaves with downy hairs which are more prominent on the underside. The flowers appear in mid summer, and can be used to make a calming tea. Bees appreciate them for nectar. The timber is useful in turning and instrument making since it is fine-grained and soft.

    £2.50
  • Broadleaved Cockspur Thorn

    Crataegus prunifolia

    A compact, small tree with very fierce thorns. This is possibly a hybrid, but it has been cultivated since the 18th century and the parentage is unknown. Leaves are almost untoothed and glossy dark green, rather like a cherry. Large white flowers along the stems in spring followed by red ‘Haws’ in autumn. These coupled with golden autumn leaves make this highly decorative.

    £3.00
  • Broom

    Broom Seed

    Cytisus scoparius

    Broom is a medium sized deciduous shrub, with whip-like fine branches and small leaves, quite like gorse but without the thorns. It has rich butter yellow, scented flowers in late spring, (again, like gorse) often visited by bees and the flowers have an interesting method of depositing pollen on the bees’ backs. Seed pods twist and crack open when ripe, making clicking noises. If pruning is necessary, it is done after flowering. Quite often found as a pioneer on poor soils

    £4.50
  • Purging Buckthorn

    Buckthorn/Purging Buckthorn Seed

    Rhamnus cathartica

    Purging Buckthorn is a large deciduous shrub or small tree. The spiny branches are very attractive in the autumn when they are carrying their small shiny dark almost black fruits and yellowing leaves. Flowers are insignificant yellow-green in summer and held close to the stems. Leaves and fruit are slightly toxic if ingested, causing stomach problems, though birds eat the berries with impunity. It is the food-plant of the Brimstone butterfly. In parts of N. America, this plant is classed as an invasive species, but this doesn’t happen here.

     

    £3.00
  • Burnet / Scotch Rose Seed

    Rosa spinosissima / pimpinellifolia

    The Burnet Rose is a small suckering deciduous shrub that makes dense low thickets of prickly branches so forms a good security barrier in plantings. It has small white or pale pink flowers from late spring through to early summer The profusion of highly scented flowers is followed by a heavy crop of rounded black fruits. Quite often it is found at the edges of beaches, sand dunes and shingle banks. Useful for coastal plantings.

    £3.50
  • Bush Honeysuckle

    Lonicera tatarica

    A vigorous deciduous shrub up to 3m high. It produces large amounts of pink flowers from spring into early summer. These are followed by red berries.

    £1.59
  • Butterfly Bush Seed

    Buddleia davidii

    Buddleia or Butterfly Bush is a deciduous shrub which produces fragrant purple flowers on long racemes from mid summer onwards. As the common name suggests it is particularly attractive to many species of butterflies which feed on its nectar. Greyish leaves with a white underside. Prune in spring. It can be cut back to ground level without killing it! Often found on waste ground and railway edges, also on old and derelict buildings, especially on chimneys.

    £3.50
  • Butterfly Lavender Seed

    Lavandula stoechas pedunculata

    Butterfly Lavender is a grey leaved, dwarf shrub with short flower spikes borne on a long stalk. The long ear-like purple bracts give rise to the name “Papillon” or “Butterfly Lavender.” Flowers and foliage are highly scented and attract all manner of insects especially bees. Prune after flowering, by shearing off the old flowers. Better in full sun and definitely not in the wet.

     

    £2.00£3.50
  • Cabbage Gum

    Eucalyptus niphophila

    A very hardy Eucalyptus. The stem of the tree is almost white through to green with a flaking bark. It has large leathery grey green lance shaped leaves. It is a relatively small tree (up to 15m tall) and so is ideal for gardens.

    £2.00£12.50
  • Callery Pear

    Callery/ Bradford Pear Seed

    Pyrus calleryana

    The Callery Pear is a pretty and resilient ornamental deciduous tree that grows to 15m. When young it has a teardrop shape but spreads with age. The showy white blossom appears before the leaves in spring and gives rise to small hard brown fruits in the Autumn. Good for early bees. Extremely resistant to fire-blight disease.

    £3.25
  • Carolina Silverbell

    Carolina Silverbell Seed

    Halesia carolina

    Carolina Silverbell is an elegant, fast growing, deciduous, woodland tree. The delicate, white pendulous bell flowers in emerge with the leaves in spring and are lightly scented. Prized by beekeepers for being a good supply of honey/pollen/nectar. The flowers are followed by four-winged pale green fruit and yellow autumn colour later in the year.

    £4.50
  • Caucasian Wingnut in early summer

    Caucasian Wing Nut

    Pterocarya fraxinifolia

    Caucasian Wing Nut is a large wide spreading deciduous tree with a short trunk and deeply furrowed bark. The leaves are pinnate and up to 60cm long with toothed leaflets. The decorative, pendulous catkins that appear in summer and last into the autumn, are lime green and up to 50cm long. It does better in  moist loamy soil and seems to thrive as far north as the Lake District, Cumbria, where it rains a lot, but also gets a fair amount of snow in the winter.

    £4.50
  • Cherry Plum Seed

    Prunus myrobalan / cerasifera

    Cherry Plum is a small, native,  deciduous tree smothered in small white flowers in early spring. Mature specimens bear red cherry-plums in late summer and autumn, which the enjoy. It is an excellent shrub for a dense hedge and attracts early insects so is useful on meadow edges and mixed plantings of native trees. Tolerant of pruning. Also known as Myrobalan Cherry, but there are other trees from Asia know as Myrobalan so it makes life confusing.

    £2.00
  • Chilean Firebush Seed

    Embothrium coccineum

    In late spring spectacular narrow tubular orange flowers emerge on this narrowly conical tree. Semi-evergreen and needs a sheltered spot, against a wall is ideal.

  • Berberis julianae

    Chinese Barberry Seed

    Berberis julianae

    Chinese Barberry is a excellent densely growing, evergreen, spiny-leaved bush. The leaves are copper tinted when young. The scented yellow flowers are borne in bunches of up to 15. It makes a good hedging plant and security barrier.

    £2.00£6.50
  • Chinese Dogwood

    Chinese Flowering Dogwood Seed

    Cornus kousa chinensis

    Chinese Flowering Dogwood is a decorative, slow growing, large shrub or small tree suitable for small gardens. Long-lasting leaf-size pinkish-white bracts surround the small flowers from early summer. Superb autumn colour.

    £2.50£5.50
  • Toona sinensis

    Chinese Mahogany Seed

    Toona sinensis

    Toona sinensis is a highly decorative deciduous tree, often multistemmed. The long and large pinnate aromatic leaves are often pink when young and are used in Chinese cuisine. The smooth bark on young trees becomes shaggier with age (don’t we all!). Small scented flowers in July, white or pink, are produced in long pannicles at branch ends. The wood is used for furniture as a ‘genuine’ mahogany substitute and also burns aromatically. It is now being investigated as an alternative woodland tree because of climate change and disease issues.

    £2.50
  • Wisteria sinensis

    Chinese Wisteria Seed

    Wisteria sinensis

    Wisteria is probably the most noble of climbers. The leaves are made up of 9 to 13 oblong leaflets. The highly scented mauve or deep lilac flowers are borne before the leaves in spring and are produced on racemes up to 30cm long. These are followed by velvety seed pods. A mature specimen is a wonder to see and smell. Prune twice a year, shortening the long tendrils in February and again in June.

    £4.50£9.50
  • Chocolate Vine Seed

    Akebia quinata

    The Chocolate Vine is a vigorous climber, which can be semi evergreen when planted in a sheltered spot. Interesting three ‘petalled’ purple flowers in early summer, with chocolate fragrance. Attractive fresh green leaves made up of five leaflets.

    £2.50
  • Chusan Palm

    Chusan Palm Seed

    Trachycarpus fortuneii

    The Chusan Palm is the hardiest palm for growing in the UK. It has stout stems carrying evergreen, multi-fingered, segmented leaves with slightly frayed edges. The hairy trunk is made of old leaf bases, as with most palms. It grows in sun or semi-shade and adds a bit of exoticism and architecture to the garden. The leaves can become ragged if exposed to strong winds, so it is better to plant in a sheltered spot, but it does very well in a container.  Seedlings should only be planted outside when about 30cm tall.

    £3.50
  • Cider Gum Seed

    Eucalyptus gunnii

    Eucalyptus or Cider Gum the best known and hardiest Eucalyptus in cultivation. Its evergreen juvenile leaves are rounded and an outstanding silver blue, much used in floristry. As they mature the leaves become sickle shaped. It can be allowed to develop into a specimen tree, pruned to bush size or coppiced. After pruning, the foliage will grow as juvenile again. Very fast growing. Unlike many Eucalypts, the bark tends to be smooth, not flakey. Flowers are creamy white, on and off through the season. Scented oils are released from crushed or burning leaves and are used as an antiseptic and to treat respiratory problems.

     

    £5.00£35.00