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Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Don't be afraid of growing trees in your garden; they aren't all great big oaks and cedars. Cercidiphyllum certainly isn't. Enjoy its attractive foliage and see if you can decide what the leaves smell of. Is it toffee apple? Candy floss? Just mix a few bags of ericaceous compostMore Info

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Tilia cordata (Hedging)

The Small-Leaved Lime is often seen planted in long stands as avenue trees, but is also idea for hedges and screening. The dark green foliage make the small white summer flowers really stand out, and as the leaves slowly turn to yellow winged seeds develop in clusters. Tilia cordMore Info

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Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'

Betula pendula is a familiar sight in the UK. Valued as a pioneer species, it is one of the first to colonise disrupted or polluted sites, improving soil structure and fertility with its deep root system. Silver Birch is instantly recognisable for the silvery-white, peeling barkMore Info

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Cherry laurel (Hedging)

Laurel is a well known hedging plant species and the Cherry Laurel in particular demonstrates the many reasons why they are so popular. Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia' is a worthy RHS AGM winner, awarded in part for it's large glossy leaves and the elegant creamy white flowerMore Info

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Italian cypress 'Stricta'

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean to your garden with these Italian Cypress trees. Also known as the Mediterranean Cypress, this droughttolerant tree has a tall columnar habit and is ideal for planting either side of an entranceway or as an architectural focal point in the gardeMore Info

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Korean Fir

One of the most decorative ornamental trees you could plant in your garden, the Korean Fir offers year-round appeal. Most firs don't produce cones until they are mature, but this striking variety will start bearing cones at just 60cm (2ft) high. And what cones! Violet-purple in cMore Info

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Laburnum anagyroides

Laburnum anagyroides is a large and robust spreading tree with glorious, golden-yellow spring colour - you won't be able to resist making this tree a feature in your garden! The fragrant flowers are produced in long racemes, followed by silvery pods. Laburnum is quick growing, anMore Info

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Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

A striking Japanese Maple with graceful arching shoots and a neat, mound forming habit. In autumn, the finely cut, feathery green-red foliage transforms in a blaze of colour to a fiery shade of orange. Japanese Acers are slow growing, making it an ideal focal point for a sheltereMore Info

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Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw'

Requiring zero maintenance, Juniperus chinensis 'Blaauw', is an attractive conifer, that is ideally suited to grow as a specimen tree, in a very small city garden, in a gravel garden or alpine rock garden. Juniper, is a robust plant and can adapt to sunny sites with dry soils. ThMore Info

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Trumpet Tree Lily

Huge, robust lilies for your borders. Towering specimens give pure white trumpets during summer, with freesia-like fragrance. You won't be able to resist these beauties!More Info

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Australian Tree Fern

This stunningly attractive ornamental fern adds an exotic flavour to shady and damp parts of the garden. Native to Tasmania and south eastern Australia it is hardy to around -5�C (23�F) and thrives in the relatively wet climate of the UK. Slow growing to a maximum height of 4 metMore Info

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Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Marvel'

Commonly known as Hillings Weeping Cherry, this dwarf cultivar makes a fine specimen tree for confined spaces. From late March, the dazzling white blooms create a breathtaking avalanche of cherry blossom that crowds the pendulous branches.More Info

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Amelanchier (Hedging)

Amelanchier is often grown a specimen tree with an attractive, open habit. These deciduous trees are colourful, with leaves opening bronze and changing to orange and red tones by the autumn - they are known for their amazing autumn colours, which are enhanced when planted in a suMore Info

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Crab Apple 'Red Sentinel'

A particularly attractive crab apple producing a profusion of white blossom in May, followed by yellow fruits blushed with red that deepen to a dark glossy scarlet in time for Christmas. Crab Apple 'Red Sentinel' makes an attractive and productive specimen tree for smaller gardenMore Info

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Crab Apple 'John Downie'

One of the most popular crab apples for jelly making! Pink buds open to reveal pretty white cup shaped blossom in April and May, followed by large orange and red fruits in autumn. Crab Apple 'John Downie' makes an attractive and productive specimen tree for smaller gardens, withMore Info

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Acer palmatum Duo

These beautiful Acer varieties make superb specimen trees which are well suited to growing in small gardens and containers. Height and spread: Up to 8m (26'). Dispatch as potted plants approx 20-30cm high. Collection comprises Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' and Acer 'Osakazuki SeeMore Info

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Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard'

With its soft, silvery-blue evergreen foliage, curling gently at the tips of the branches, Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard' makes a magnificent specimen tree. But it is so slow to grow and so attractive when young, that it is suitable even for small gardens. In a particularly cMore Info

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Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Minima Aurea'

With its bright golden foliage and neat conical shape, this Lawson Cypress is a striking dwarf evergreen which well deserves its Award of Garden Merit from the RHS. Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Minima Aurea' can be grown as a specimen tree, and is perfect for a small garden or largeMore Info

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Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' has a dense, upright habit that forms an attractive small tree or patio container specimen.More Info

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Sorbus ulleungensis 'Olympic Flame'

Commonly known as False Acacia, this golden-leaved tree makes a colourful specimen plant. The pinnate foliage emerges citrus yellow, and darkens to chartreuse-green before autumn turns it buttery gold.More Info

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Thunbergia alata 'Arizona Trio'

This columnar, deciduous tree makes a fine specimen for small gardens and confined spaces. The young, pinnate foliage of Sorbus ulleungensis 'Olympic Flame' emerges bronze, maturing to green in summer. Prominent clusters of tiny cream flowers are borne inMore Info

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Cedrus deodara

Cedrus deodara, the Himalayan or Deodar Cedar, makes a truly spectacular specimen, forming a large conical tree that demands plenty of space to be truly appreciated. Its spreading branches are cloaked in evergreen, needle-like foliage. Each branch tip has a gently weeping habit,More Info

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Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii is a truly unique, hardy tree that provides a rainbow of colour throughout the season. In April, it produces pure white blossom, making it easy to see why it has been given the alternative name Snowy Mespilus. When the specimen plant's leaves open in the sprMore Info

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Vinca minor 'Azurea Flore Pleno'

This charming Hawthorn is the perfect specimen for a cottage garden planting scheme. Its thorny stems form a neatly rounded, deciduous tree that makes a superb focal point.More Info

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Fig 'Chelsea' (Standard)

Cross London's Chelsea bridge, head for Sloane Square, and you'll find the parent plant of our latest introduction. All the cuttings for Fig Chelsea have come from a very productive and tasty fig on the banks of the Thames, noted as a free fruit bowl by locals.More Info

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Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

Plum 'Czar' is a superb variety producing large, dark purple-black fruits that can be used in pies and crumbles or eaten fresh if left to fully ripen. Awarded an RHS AGM, it forms an attractive fruit tree with unusually large, white blossom in late spring.More Info

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Tahiti Lime

The Tahiti Lime makes a stunning patio feature and produces bright green, zesty fruits throughout the year. Set against a foil of glossy, dark foliage, the delicate clusters of tiny white flowers fill the air with their delicious fragrance. The fruits that follow may take up to aMore Info

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Orange 'Bigaradier'

Set against a bushy foil of glossy, dark foliage, the delicate clusters of tiny white flowers fill the air with their delicious fragrance from April to June. The fruits that follow may take up to a year to ripen but are well worth the wait. Harvest them as they ripen - once pickeMore Info

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Salvia 'Lavender Dilly Dilly'

Commonly known as Cheal?s Weeping Cherry, this eye-catching cultivar makes a superb stand-alone specimen plant. Pendulous branches drape from a central trunk to create a cascade of double pink Cherry blossom from late April.More Info

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Balsam Fir

If you are searching for a hardy, evergreen tree that requires only minimal pruning, this Balsam Fir is the one for you. The conifer grows a mere 2.5cm (1) a year, making it an ideal specimen plant for low-maintenance rockeries and alpine gardens. Abies balsamea 'Nana' has a rounMore Info

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold'

Here's a grand Hinoki Cypress which brings a striking splash of evergreen lemon-yellow foliage to brighten up the garden. Its branches grow in upright dense fern-like sprays, giving structure to the border all year long. Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Fernspray Gold' makes a fine specimenMore Info

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke Twin'

Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Meroke Twin' is an upright conifer which grows into a tall, evergreen column, making a fine specimen plant for the border or rockery. The foliage is dark green, with young leaves tipped with gold. This dwarf Hinoki Cypress is easy to grow and needs little maMore Info

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Peach 'Crimson Bonfire®' (patio)

A true naturally dwarf selection from California. Full-size fruits, flowers and leaves are all deep red in colour making a dramatic container fruit.More Info

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Photinia x fraseri 'Scarlet Blaze'

A lovely, edible Crab Apple producing crisp, sharply flavoured, deep-red fruits which remain on the tree well into winter. Crab Apple 'Diable Rouge' is a particularly attractive cultivar in Spring.More Info

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