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  • Alder

    Alder / Common Alder

    Alnus glutinosa

    Alder is a small bushy tree that produces pretty yellow catkins in spring. Its shiny green leaves are retained late into the autumn. It has an attractive smooth dark grey bark. The cones are green to begin with but ripen to black and make subtle additions to Christmas decorations. A brilliant tree for water logged areas and very hardy so can be used as a windbreak, especially if coppiced. The timber is used in wet areas, for fencing etc. since it doesn’t rot. It can be used to make high grade charcoal

    £2.00£6.00
  • Alder Buckthorn

    Alder Buckthorn

    Frangula alnus(Rhamnus frangula)

    Alder Buckthorn is a large, native, thornless, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate green leaves that turn an attractive yellow in autumn. Tiny green/cream flowers in June attract masses of bumble and honeybees and are honey scented. The fruits are initially red, then turn black and are eaten by thrushes. Various bits are used to make natural dyes.

    £4.50
  • Alpine Currant

    Ribes alpinum

    Alpine Currant is a small neat and densely twiggy deciduous shrub which makes a good hedge. Its small flowers are greenish yellow and its berries are red. It is very tolerant of shade. Despite being easy to grow, it is found infrequently.

    £2.00£8.00
  • American Dwarf Rose

    Rosa virginiana

    American Dwarf Rose is a small, suckering shrub ideal for hedging. Small cerise pink, single, lightly scented flowers bloom in July and August. Vibrant yellow autumn colour and red, pumpkin-shaped hips hold into the winter.

    £2.50
  • Arizona Cypress

    Arizona Cypress Seed

    Cupressus arizonica/glabra

    Arizona Cypress is becoming common and is increasingly planted as a hedgerow. The grey-green leaves have the aroma of grapefruit when crushed and have quite a hard appearence. It makes a tall slim evergreen

    £4.50
  • Autumn Olive

    Elaeagnus umbellata

    A deciduous shrub or small tree with a dense thorny crown. The leaves are silvery in spring but turn greener as the silvery scales wear off during the summer. The flowers in May are pale yellow/cream and scented, forming red, dotted with silver, fruits.

    £1.50
  • Barberry

    Barberry

    Berberis darwinii

    Berberis darwinii, Barberry, is an early flowering, fast growing evergreen with holly like leaves. Its flowers are bright orange tinted with red which appear in long lasting drooping clusters in spring. Useful for hedging, when it will make an impenetrable barrier, but can take any amount of pruning. It flowers better in full sun but will grow in semi-shade. Classed as an invasive species in New Zealand.

     

    £2.00£6.00
  • 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.

    £3.50£7.50
  • Beech / Common Green Beech

    Fagus sylvatica

    Beech is a versatile, majestic tree with a smooth silver grey bark. New spring leaves are a superb lime green and in autumn they turn a rich copper gold colour. Makes an excellent specimen tree or an outstanding hedges. Pollution tolerant, it will cope with exposed and cold sites but will not grow in coastal areas.

    £2.50
  • Berberis wilsoniae

    Berberis wilsoniae

    Berberis wilsonae, Barberry is a splendid small semi-evergreen shrub with sea green leaves and coral coloured clustered fruits after yellow flowers in May. This species has no cultivars and is mostly grown from seed. Good for low prickly hedging.

    £2.00£4.50
  • Bird Cherry

    Prunus padus

    Bird Cherry is a small, widely distributed deciduous tree. It bears an abundance of small white almond scented single flowers, in short spikes in late spring. Its small black fruits are edible but very bitter. Bees and hoverflies visit the flowers and birds gorge on the berries in the late summer.

    £2.50
  • Blackthorn / Sloe

    Prunus spinosa

    Blackthorn or Sloe grow to be large deciduous shrubs or small bushy trees. Blackthorn ignites in spring with a mass of small single white flowers. It forms a secure hedging plant with its sharp spines and dense growth. The fruit, like small damsons, appear in autumn and are used for making Sloe Gin.

    £2.50
  • Box / Common Box

    Buxus sempervirens

    Box will eventually grow into a small tree, but more normally a dense medium sized shrub. It produces masses of small, dark, evergreen leaves. Ideal for topiary and hedging purposes in the formal garden since it clips well, late summer.

    £4.50
  • Broom

    Broom

    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

    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. 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
  • cherry laurel

    Cherry Laurel / Common Laurel

    Prunus laurocerasus

    Cherry Laurel is vigorous wide spreading evergreen shrub with dark shiny green leaves, 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. Insects visit the flowers and birds eventually eat the berries. Clip in the summer, for hedging, and the best finish is by using secateurs!

    £2.00£4.50
  • Berberis julianae

    Chinese Barberry

    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
  • yew

    Common / English Yew

    Taxus baccata

    Yew is a  small to medium sized tree with fruits that are a bright red aril, which contrasts superbly with the dark green foliage. The fruit is eaten by birds but is poisonous to people. 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.

    £2.00
  • Copper Beech

    Fagus sylvatica atropurpureum

    The Copper Beech is an outstandingly beautiful deciduous tree. This deep purple leaved form of beech is usually grown from seed. The purple plants are then selected from the 50% odd that show the purple form. Can be trimmed to form a superb neat hedge. It keeps the crisp dead leaves on the branches until new leaves start to appear in the spring. The copper coloured seeds are encased in hard prickly ‘masts’  Quite shallow rooted, so best to be grown where not exposed to high winds.

    £4.00
  • 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.

    £2.00£7.50
  • Crab Apple

    Malus sylvestris

    Crab Apples are small deciduous trees growing to 8m tall with white flowers that may be tinged with pink when they appear in late spring. The fruits grow to 2.5cm across in the autumn and are sour to eat but make a delicious conserve. They are also good for wildlife with fruit remaining well into the winter. It can be pruned and chopped quite harshly if needed, in the winter.

    £2.50£4.25
  • Diel's Cotoneaster

    Diel’s Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster dielsianus

    Diel’s is an evergreen cotoneaster with small ovate leaves and red fruit. Can be pruned to make a neater shape, but a hardy and useful filler. The tiny flowers are attractive to bees in the summer.

    £2.75
  • Dog Rose

    Rosa canina

    The Dog Rose is a hedgerow shrub with an open growth habit and long, arching, prickly stems. It is often used in reclamation planting and for land stabilisation. In early summer it produces large scented flowers that vary from pink through to white. The rosehips are egg shaped and bright red providing autumn colour and food for wildlife. Packed with vitamin C , the hips in the form of a tea have been used to treat kidney problems.  The national flower of Romania

    £2.00
  • Elder / Common Elder

    Sambucus nigra

    Elderberry is a large shrub or small tree with rugged bark and 5 to 7 leaflets. The leaves smell a bit odd. It bears flattened heads of white flowers in early summer which give rise to dense bunches of small black fruits. The fruit famously makes a good wine or can be used to flavour gin. The flowers are used to make cordial or champagne. It grows well on chalk and is being harvested commercially for both flowers and berries. Common in larger hedges and wood margins. It is excellent for wildlife – insects on the flowers and birds for the berries.

    £2.00