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  • English Oak / Common Oak

    Quercus robur

    The English Oak makes a large, impressive, long lived tree, an icon of the British countryside! It develops a large head of rugged branches. The deciduous leaves are stalkless, auricled at the base with shallow lobes and turn a good yellow and copper in the autumn. The acorn fruits are attached to the tree by a slender stalk. It plays host to masses of wildlife that depend on it. The auricles are one of the ways of distinguishing between English Oak and Sessile Oak.

    £4.00£7.50
  • Evergreen / Holm Oak

    Quercus ilex

    The Holm Oak is 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.

    £6.50£8.50
  • Field Maple Seed

    Acer campestre

    Field Maple is a pretty, medium sized deciduous tree often seen forming parts of hedgerows although it makes a good small specimen tree too. The five-lobed leaves turn bright yellow in autumn and may be flushed red. The miniature sycamore-type winged seed are quite often pink too, before they ripen.  When young this tree will tolerate quite deep shade, but requires more light to flower and fruit. Insect friendly

    £2.50
  • Rosa arvensis

    Field Rose Seed

    Rosa arvensis

    Field rose, native to Europe, is a rambling rose of the hedgerows and woodland, quite scarce in the north. Its long arching stems produce pure white scented flowers from early summer onwards. These give rise to round red rose hips in autumn. Can be pruned hard to a tidier shape, but good as part of a wilder garden. Attractive to insects and birds for the hips eventually.

    £2.00£5.00
  • Firethorn Seed

    Pyracantha coccinea

    Firethorn or Pyracantha is 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.

    £2.00£3.50
  • Franchet's Cotoneaster

    Franchet’s Cotoneaster

    Cotoneaster franchetii

    Franchet’s Cotoneaster is 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.  Soft relaxed growth can be pruned in to shape.

    £2.00£6.50
  • French Lavender Seed

    Lavandula stoechas

    French Lavender is an intensely aromatic shrublet with narrow grey leaves. The dark purple flowers are borne in dense terminal heads which are topped by prominent purple bracts, very attractive to bees. Plants require a warm sunny position and are often used as a low, informal hedge which needs to be lightly trimmed after flowering. It has a more acid scent than English Lavender

    £2.00£4.10
  • Gagnepain’s Barberry Seed

    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, in early summer, which give rise to black berries with a bluish bloom. Tolerant of most conditions.

    £2.00£6.75
  • Gorse

    Gorse Seed

    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!)

    £2.00£6.50
  • Grey Alder Seed

    Alnus incana

    Grey Alder is an ideal small tree or bush for cold and wet situations. This very hardy tree has grey undersides to its leaves with yellowish brown catkins which are borne in late winter. The leaves are pointed at the end which makes it easier to distinguish between this and A. glutinosa. It has root nodules, as with other Alders, that fix nitrogen from the air and therefore helps with soil fertility – good for sites that need pioneers.

    £2.00£12.00
  • Guelder / Guilder Rose Seed

    Viburnum opulus

    Guelder Rose is a large vigorous shrub with 5 lobed maple like leaves which colour well in autumn. It produces flattened clusters of white flowers, (a bit like hydrangea flowers), in summer followed by red translucent fruits in the autumn, beloved of winter migrant birds. Can be pruned/trimmed in winter, quite hard. This is one of the prettiest seeds around – they are heart-shaped and various shades of pink!

    £2.00£4.50
  • Hawthorn Seed

    Crataegus monogyna

    Hawthorn is a British native hedging plant. It produces a spectacular profusion of flowers in late spring which are visited by all sorts of different insects. There are red-brown fruits (haws) in the autumn. Hawthorn can make a large shrub or a small tree. It is also known as May or Quickthorn and is surrounded by superstition and folklaw. It is  associated with May-Day and other spring festivals.   Even in Anglo-Saxon times it was used to mark boundaries and it is one of the most common hedgerow trees, being amenable to chopping, laying, flail mowing etc

    The 2nd small picture shows unusual hawthorn topiary at Bryan’s Ground Garden in Hereford and 3rd pic is seed being stratified in our fridges, mixed with damp peat.

    £3.00
  • Hazel / European Hazel / Cobnut

    Corylus avellana

    Hazel is a large shrub or small multiple stemmed tree that produces delicate, yellow, long female catkins called lambs tails in late winter. Visited by very early insects It is used in large gardens as a shrub for screening. It produces the edible hazelnut. Every 8-10 years the long stems that have grown can be chopped down to very near ground level and the crown will start to grow again. This is Coppicing(pic is a mature coppice in Ireland)and is great for wildlife, since it provides dappled shade and open spaces. The resultant timber can be used for baskets, chairs, burning, turning and weaving into fences. Commercially selected varieties are grown for nuts in Kent, but also in Turkey for chocolate and chocolate spread manufacture (no names mentioned, ambassador!)

    £4.50
  • cotoneaster

    Herringbone Cotoneaster Seed

    Cotoneaster horizontalis

    Herringbone Cotoneaster is  low growing deciduous shrub with branches arranged like fish bones. It can be pruned quite hard without suffering. It bears bright red fruits in autumn together with a richly coloured foliage, and the branch arrangement in winter if grown against a wall is most attractive. The bees really enjoy the pink flowers, but the birds are slow to eat the berries.

    £2.00£4.75
  • Holly Seed

    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. There are some varieties with yellow berries, and some with non-spikey leaves. Usually a male and a female tree are required to produce berries on the female. Very useful for hedging, it grows quite fast to begin with but slows down as it ages. It can be clipped into shape(carefully!)

    £1.69
  • Hollyberry Cotoneaster Seed

    Cotoneaster bullatus

    Hollyberry Cotoneaster is one of the larger cotoneasters. It is deciduous with corrugated leaves that colour richly in the autumn. The white or pink flowers give rise to large red fruits in early autumn which are attractive to birds. It is quite often used in landscaping schemes, roadsides etc and soon spreads, birds taking the berries and spreading the seed. It can be seen a menace but is useful on inhospitable sites.

    £2.75
  • Honeysuckle / Woodbine

    Lonicera periclymenum

    Honeysuckle is a vigorous medium sized climber. The flowers are up to 5cm long and fragrant, cream inside and purple / yellow on the outside. They flower from early summer through to early autumn and are followed by red berries. Bees love the flowers and birds eat the berries. It is one of the first plants to show leaf in spring, especially in the shelter of woodlands.

    £2.00£7.00
  • Hornbeam Seed

    Carpinus betulus

    Hornbeam grows to be a medium sized tree with a grey fluted trunk and toothed green leaves that are an outstanding yellow colour in the autumn. The green catkins in spring give rise to the small winged nuts in the autumn. Can be clipped with impunity and so is brilliant as a hedge where Beech is not suitable or would struggle.

    £3.00£8.50
  • Italian Alder Seed

    Alnus cordata

    A splendid medium sized, deciduous conical tree, with bright green glistening foliage preceded by yellow catkins that appear in the late winter.  Like other Alders, it ‘fixes’ nitrogen from the air, so helping soil fertility. Because of this and the fact that it is tough and hardy, it is often used in the planting and reclamation of old industrial sites. The reddish orange timber is not very durable in air but is long-lasting in water. The blackish cones that hold the seed in autumn are larger than the native Alder cones, and quite decorative.

    £2.00£4.50
  • 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.

    £3.50
  • Japanese Barberry (purple leaved)

    Berberis thunbergii atropurpureum

    A small deciduous, prickly shrub with a rich reddish purple foliage which grows more intense as the year progresses. It produces an outstandingly impressive low hedge.

    £2.95
  • Japanese Berberis Seed

    Berberis thunbergii

    Japanese Berberis is a small, compact deciduous shrub. It’s autumn colours are outstanding together with its bright red berries. Late in spring it bears pale yellow flowers tinged with red. Insect friendly A useful shrub for creating a low prickly barrier. It can be clipped(carefully!)

    £2.00£4.50
  • Japanese Flowering Quince

    Chaenomeles lagenaria

    Japanese Quince is a beautiful and early flowering (February to June) shrub. It is often used for Bonsai as its small bright orange flowers are shown off to marvellous effect. It is very similar to ‘Japonica’ (C. japonica,) but grows larger. In mild winters it retains some leaves. The stems are thorny and straggly but it can be pruned.  It is probably best grown trained against a wall. There are a number of named varieties with flowers varying from red to pale pink and white.

    £1.45
  • Laurustinus

    Viburnum tinus

    An extremely popular evergreen, medium sized shrub with masses of glossy green leaves. The white-pink budded flowers are borne from late autumn to early spring. The egg shaped fruits are initially metallic blue but ripen to black. It makes an attractive hedge.

    £1.25