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Evergreens are green all year round.

  • Alpine Ash

    Alpine Ash/White Top

    Eucalyptus delegatensis

    Alpine Ash is a very tall straight evergreen, used as a timber tree, but also decorative. It is of moderately quick growth. Juvenile leaves are round and pinkish bronze, mature leaves are narrow, grey blue and elongated. Unlike other Eucalypts, it does not respond to coppicing. Bark on older trees peels off in long shreds, exposing copper and brown stripes, but is smooth higher up the trunk. Frothy white flowers in summer are very attractive to bees and are produced in abundance.

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    Alpine Yellow Gum

    Eucalyptus subcrenulata

    Medium to large, hardy, evergreen tree. Grown as single or multistem. Crimson new shoots, red edged juvenile foliage and fresh green leaves. Grey bark with yellow and blue patches.

    Leaves have a spicey scent.

  • Archers Gum / Alpine Cider Gum

    Eucalyptus archeri

    A wide spreading and many branched small tree not unlike E. gunnii. Small rounded blue green leaves used in flower arranging. It is frost tolerant and makes an excellent ornamental tree for smaller gardens.

  • Australian / Tasmanian Blackwood

    Acacia melanoxylon

    Also know as Sally Wattle. A fast growing evergreen, it has dark green pinnate leaves and in spring bears clusters of small milky white flowers. It is best suited to mild  temperate climates and is not particularly frost hardy below minus 5 degrees centigrade. It produces a fine grained, hard wood. Grow in a sheltered spot backed by a wall. In warmer climates can be quite invasive.

    Pic courtesy of Kurt StuberCC BY SA 3.0

  • Bay Laurel / Sweet Bay

    Laurus nobilis

    The leaves are the bay leaves used in cooking but it also makes an excellent hedge and is tolerant of maritime areas. Bay Laurel can produce excellent specimen trees and is also used for topiary.

  • Blue Tree Lupin

    Lupinus arboreus (Blue)

    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.

  • Box / Common Box

    Buxus sempervirens

    A large bush or small tree which produces masses of small, dark, evergreen leaves. Ideal for topiary and hedging purposes in the garden.

  • 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.

  • Cherry Laurel / Common Laurel

    Prunus laurocerasus

    A vigorous wide spreading evergreen shrub with dark shiny green leaves that is often used for screening. It produces attractive erect clusters of white flowers in spring that give rise to small cherry like fruits that eventually turn black.

  • Chilean Firebush

    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.

  • Chusan Palm

    Chusan Palm

    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.

  • Cider Gum

    Eucalyptus gunnii

    Probably the best known and hardiest Eucalyptus in cultivation. Its 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 or pruned to bush size.

  • Common / English Yew

    Taxus baccata

    A small to medium sized tree with a bright red aril, which contrasts superbly with the dark green foliage. Yew is tolerant of most soils and is often found on chalk formations in the wild. Very ancient ones are found in Churchyards all over the country – it was once held in great esteem by Druids and mystics.

  • Cotoneaster simonsii

    Cotoneaster simonsii

    Cotoneaster simonsii is a large upright semi-evergreen with small white/pink flowers in June, bee friendly, followed by persistent red berries. Good as an informal hedge but  can also be clipped quite hard into shape. Often known as Himalayan Cotoneaster, but this leads to confusion with other Cotoneasters.

  • crowberry


    Empetrum nigrum

    Crowberry is a low growing, evergreen shrub looking like heather. Red twigs, scale-like leaves and inconspicuous purplish flowers in summer are followed by edible black round berries. These can be used as a  pigment but are a good source of vitamin C for the Sami and Inuit peoples.

  • Diel’s Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster dielsianus

    An evergreen cotoneaster with small ovate leaves and red fruit. Can be pruned to make a neater shape.

  • Evergreen / Holm Oak

    Quercus ilex

    A large evergreen tree with an attractive corrugated bark. The leaves are a dark glossy green not unlike holly but vary in shape and size. It can become deciduous in the very coldest areas but is an excellent tree for coastal areas.

  • Firethorn

    Pyracantha coccinea

    A large evergreen shrub that is valued for its outstanding display of red autumn berries. These are produced from the white flowers that appear in spring. Its dark green leaves are augmented by sharp thorns which when used as a boundary plant provide an effective security barrier.

  • Franchet’s Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster franchetii

    A popular semi-evergreen shrub that is graceful and medium sized with sage green foliage. The white flowers blushed with pink give rise to ovoid scarlet-orange fruits.

  • Gagnepain’s Barberry

    Berberis gagnepainii

    A small evergreen shrub that forms an impenetrable thicket making it ideal for hedges. The yellow flowers are borne in clusters of 6 or 12 which give rise to black berries with a bluish bloom.

  • golden mimosa

    Golden Mimosa

    Acacia baileyana

    Golden Acacia or Cootamundra Wattle is a  small evergreen tree/large shrub with silver grey ferny leaves and short spikes of pompom flowers between Dec and March. Lots of Pollen is  produced so the tree is good for early insects. In fact it is planted for honey production commercially as well as for floristry. However, in warmer countries it tends to escape and be a bit of a plague in the wild. In the UK, it definitely needs to be in a conservatory or very sheltered sunny corner. Quite tolerant of drought.

  • Gorse


    Ulex europaeus

    Gorse is a dense fiercely spiny shrub. In mild areas the yellow, pea-like flowers, smelling of coconut, are produced throughout the year but more usually they flower from March through to May. Brilliant for insects. The shrubs thrive on, and prefer, very poor light or stony soils. They can act as good pioneers, nursing other less tough plants until they’re big enough to survive. No maintenance necessary, but can be pruned quite hard (using armoured gloves!)

  • Holly

    Ilex aquifolium

    An evergreen shrub or tree that can be very long lived with leaves that are ovoid, shiny and generally spiky. In winter bright red holly berries contrast beautifully with the dark green foliage.

  • Ivy

    Hedera helix

    Common Ivy is adaptable and makes an excellent ground cover plant as well as being a good climber. Its evergreen leaves offer all year round green cover, and as such is used as a shelter and nesting site for small birds and insects. The scented spherical flower-heads offer a good source of nectar/pollen for late autumn flying insects and the blue-black berries are eaten through the late autumn and early winter by birds. Dipped in flour, the heads of berries were made into Christmas decorations by Victorian countryfolk.