Broadleaf Trees and Shrubs

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  • Sourwood Seed

    Oxydendrum arboreum

    Sourwood is a  decorative, hardy, small deciduous tree/shrub with glossy green leaves. It develops very brilliant autumn colour. Long panicles of white ericaceous-type bell-flowers appear in July to Sept. Fragrant and bee-friendly.

  • Southern Beech

    Southern Beech/Raoul Seed

    Nothofagus procera/alpina

    The Southern Beech is a fast growing deciduous tree with small beech-like leaves, a straight, grey trunk and broadly conic crown when mature. It is a native of Chile and although it is perfectly hardy, young trees can suffer in very harsh winters, especially in cold winds. Prefers moist soils and high rainfall. Autumn colour is red, yellow and orange.  Work is ongoing to see whether Nothofagus is suitable for timber production in the UK as it is in Chile, but seed is not forthcoming every year so propagation is not easy or cheap.


  • Southern Nettle Tree Seed

    Celtis australis

    Southern Nettle Tree or Celtis is a small to medium sized deciduous tree with lance shaped leaves. They are rough to the touch on their upper surfaces. Its bark is smooth and similar to that of Beech. Autumn colour is yellow.

  • Spanish Broom

    Spanish Broom Seed

    Spartium junceum

    Spanish Broom is a  strongly growing shrub with erect green rush like stems and small, scale-like leaves. It has large, perfumed, yellow, pea-like flowers  in loose terminal clusters from late summer through to autumn. Spanish Broom likes a sunny position and is an excellent seaside shrub. Can be pruned after flowering, but can also be carefree. Sometimes confused with normal Broom (Cytisus)

  • Spindle Tree Seed

    Euonymus europaeus

    Spindle is a vigorous deciduous shrub or small multi-stemmed tree. It gives an outstandingly brilliant autumn display of red seed capsules. The capsules open to reveal spectacular bright orange seeds. It grows especially well on chalky soils and its wood was used for making spindles for spinning and tool handles. The berries are poisonous and incredibly bitter tasting.

    A small amount of FRESH seed is available NOW.  It germinates without stratification from fresh seed, so this batch is very desirable!

  • Spinning Gum

    Eucalyptus perriniana

    A small hardy tree that has silvery leaves and a white, black blotched, stem. Bark on mature trees is shed in long strips. The leaves in young plants are round, encircling the stem, but become longer and thinner as the tree grows, developing their distinct glaucous bloom. Can be coppiced to encourage the young foliage which is used in flower arranging.

  • Spreading Cotoneaster Seed

    Cotoneaster divaricatus

    This Spreading Cotoneaster is rangey medium sized deciduous shrub with a most reliable foliage and fruiting habit. The berries which arise from rosy red flowers are themselves a deep ruby red colour. Makes a low informal hedge and can be pruned.

  • Prunus mahaleb

    St Lucie Cherry Seed

    Prunus mahaleb

    The Mahaleb or St Lucie Cherry is a small deciduous tree covered in fragrant white flowers in spring followed by dark coloured fruit in early summer. The seed inside the hard cherry stone has the flavour of bitter almonds and has medicinal qualities apparently. The wood has an outstanding grain which is used for pipes and walking sticks. Records of the tree date back as far as 900 AD in the middle east.

  • St Julien Plum

    St. Julien Plum Seed

    Prunus domestic institita

    The St Julien plum is mostly used as a dwarfing rootstock for other varieties of plum. White flowers very early in spring, variable plum fruit in late summer. Flowers are good for pollinating insects and the fruit is eaten by birds (and wasps). Makes a useful and productive addition to a wild hedgerow since it can be trimmed lightly.

  • Stag’s Horn Sumach Seed

    Rhus typhina

    Stag’s Horn Sumach is a  wide, spreading, sparsely branched large shrub or small tree that has a flat topped appearance in winter. The large pinnate leaves turn orange, red, yellow or purple in autumn giving an impressive display. The conical clusters of crimson hairy fruits are very decorative late in the year. It doesn’t cast a dense shade so can be underplanted successfully.

  • Sugar Maple Seed

    Acer saccharum

    Sugar Maple is the tree in North America that produces Maple Syrup and it  is one of the continents most colourful trees in autumn. Vibrant orange, gold and crimson tints light up ‘ The Fall’. Sugar Maple makes an excellent stand alone specimen tree, with neat habit and few problems.

  • Sundial Lupin / Wild Lupin Seed

    Lupinus perennis (polyphyllus)

    The Sundial or Wild Lupin is a  short-lived perennial plant about 0.5m high with pea like flowers up tall spikes in summer. The colour can range from blue to pink or white. Its leaves are palmately divided into 7 to 11 leaflets and die down in the autumn. Dead heading the spent flowers often gives a second flower flush. It ‘fixes’ nitrogen from the air into the soil so is good for soil fertility.

  • Swedish Whitebeam Seeds

    Sorbus intermedia

    Swedish Whitebeam is a small tree with a dense rounded head of branches. Dark green leaves are  hairy and grey on the lower surface. Bunches of creamy white flowers are followed by large orange red fruits which hang in bunches. They are eaten by thrushes, waxwings and  blackbirds.  In the wild grows on woodland edges.


  • sarcococca confusa

    Sweet Box Seed

    Sarcococca confusa

    Sarcococca or Sweet Box is a fantastically useful small evergreen shrub. It has a neat growth habit and produces small, feathery creamy white flowers in the depths of winter. These are highly sweetly scented. The black shiny berries that follow remain on the shrub until the following spring. Thrives in poorish dry soil and shade. Germination is sporadic, so patience is needed!


  • Sweet Chestnut

    Castanea sativa

    Sweet Chestnut is a large, beautiful, quick growing tree. It is often found in parkland as a specimen tree with a smooth grey bark and long dark green toothed leaves which contrast with the long, yellowish spring catkins. Sweet Chestnut produces nuts in warm summers. Eventually, the bark becomes ridged and twisted , giving a spiral pattern up the trunk.

  • Liquidamber styraciflua

    Sweet Gum

    Liquidambar styraciflua

    Sweet Gum is a large deciduous tree which has shining green, leathery, maple like leaves. They turn a fantastic orange, red and purple in autumn. Young shoots have distinctive corky ridges and the sap is fragrant. Although it rarely flowers in this country, the flower heads look similar to those of Rhus and the resulting seed heads look like Plane tree seed balls; it is  actually related to Witch Hazels! A fine specimen or woodland tree.

  • Sycamore Seed

    Acer pseudoplatanus

    Sycamore is a large well known deciduous tree. It is well suited to exposed situations on all soil types. It has dark green leaves and mustard yellow, insect friendly flowers which develop into double winged seeds in autumn. Having lost Elm and now possibly Ash, the Sycamore is a notable tree in the landscape, offering shelter from all weathers. Thumbnail pic is the famous Sycamore in the middle of Hadrian’s Wall, near Hexham, from the film ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’

  • Tasmanian Blue Gum

    Eucalyptus globulus

    To make a large specimen this tree requires the mildest of climates. In other situations it appears as a sparsely branched tree in tropical bedding schemes. Leaves on the young trees are silvery but as the tree matures they take on a blue-green hue. The source of the  “essential eucalyptus oil.” It will re-grow as a ‘Mallee’ i.e a multi-stem tree like a coppice, if chopped down to ground level.

  • Tasmanian Snow Gum

    Eucalyptus coccifera

    A fast growing medium sized tree which can survive some winter frost. It has strikingly bloomy leaves and stems as it begins to mature.

  • Thornless Rose

    Rosa inermis

    The Thornless Rose makes a medium sized climbing or lax-growing shrub. An easy to grow rose with lightly fragranced, simple, pink-red flowers 5cm in diameter in summer. It is a thornless selection of the Dog Rose, often used for rootstock work or for informal hedging. Some red hips are produced in the late summer and autumn.

  • Tingiringi Gum

    Tingiringi Gum Seed

    Eucalyptus glaucescens

    Tingiringi Gum is a  fast growing evergreen with round, even, silver juvenile foliage used in floristry. It coppices well and is good for screening. Adult foliage is elongated, blue-green-silver and aromatic and this develops if the stems aren’t cut back. Like many Eucalyptus, the bark on mature trees shreds off revealing orange, grey, copper, white and grey streaks. Creamy flowers in autumn. Mallee form which is more shrub-like and multistem


  • Tree of Heaven Seed

    Ailanthus altissima

    The Tree of Heaven is a large tree with pinnate leaves much like ash but which in young trees can be up to 1m long. Female trees produce large bunches of red fruits rather like ash keys in late summer, following pale greenish flowers in July. Both male and female trees are needed to produce fruit. There are odd nectaries at the leaf bases which attract ants and these in turn, protect the tree from aphids – quite clever really! Can be invasive.

  • paeonia ludlowii

    Tree Peony Seed

    Paeonia ludlowii

    Ludlow’s Tree Paeony is sometimes known as Paeony lutea ludlowii and in its native Tibet as ‘God’s Flower’ is a large, slow growing, deciduous shrub. It has ferny leaves with good yellow autumn colour and produces numerous large, open yellow flowers, a bit like poppies, from early to late summer. It is tolerant of most things but won’t flower in deep shade. No pruning is necessary, just the occasional tidy up, the branches are generally unbranched.

  • trident maple

    Trident Maple Seed

    Acer buergerianum

    Trident Maple or Acer buergerianum is a  Japanese style Maple with three lobed bright green leaves with yellow undersides. They are quite thick and fleshy feeling. Superb red, purple, orange and yellow tints develop in the autumn. Perfect for bonsai, though used in Japan as a street tree since it makes quite a narrow crown. It can be grown as a multi-stem tree too and develops peeling bark when mature.