PLANT LIST of rare and difficult-to-find trees and shrubs
Abeliophyllum distichum roseum £11.50
Small, hardy deciduous shrub, pink-tinged fragrant flowers in January cover leafless branches. Leaves turn purple in autumn. Korea.
Acacia pataczekii £12.50
Very hardy, evergreen, shrubby tree with blue green leaves tinged purple when young. Lemon flowers grow in racemes. Slow growing. Discovered in 1974. Rare.
Acer campestre pulverulentum £22.50
Hardy deciduous shrub. This variety has some of the best sparkling variegated leaves with white blotches I have seen. Seems best in semi-shade or full shade. Good autumn colour.
Acer griseum £15.00
Hardy deciduous small tree, known as the paper bark maple. Old bark on trunk and branches flakes and curls back to reveal cinnamon underbark. Superb autumn colours. China.
Acer negundo ‘Kelly’s Gold’ £15.50
Very hardy, fast growing tree with bright gold leaves. Blood-red flower tassels cover the tree in spring. Very pretty.
Acer negundo violaceum £18.50
Tall, hardy tree, young shoots and emerging leaves are purple / violet. Fantastic when draped in long pendent red tassels in early spring.
Acer rufinerve Albolimbatum £14.50
Medium sized deciduous tree with mottled, white margined leaves, in mature trees the bark is green with vivid white striations. Stunning red and purple autumn colours. Very unusual and somewhat rare. Fine for not too shallow chalk.
Acradenia frankliniae £11.50
Upright, hardy, evergreen shrub with aromatic leaves. Flat clusters of white flowers in spring and autumn. A firm favourite. Tasmania.
Aetoxicon punctatum £18.50
Tall, fairly hardy, evergreen shrub with yellowish flowers in axillary racemes followed by purple fruits. Sun or shade, but needs moist shelter.Argentina 1920.
Alangium platanifolium var. macrophyllum £14.50
Large, tiered-growth shrub with fragrant yellow anthered hanging flowers in summer. Leaves are a feature and this variety has huge, 5 lobed, scalloped foliage. This rare form tolerates shade. Manchuria, China.
Alectryon excelsus £15.00
Spreading tree with evergreen, glossy foliage. The scented flowers are borne in large clusters followed by bright red fruit capsules which split to show the toxic black seeds. Hardy to -10, it is a very popular tree in New Zealand. Will thrive in a sheltered site.
Alnus subcordata £25.00
Fast growing medium to large tree with heart shaped leaves up to 15cm long, with catkins borne early in the year. Useful for damp conditions and will grow anywhere except shallow chalk. Very rare, N.Iran 1838.
Amomyrtus luma £10.50
Tall, hardy, evergreen shrub with beautiful cinnamon-cream bark and aromatic leaves and wood. Emerging shoots a striking copper colour with thousands of myrtle-type flowers, full of fragrance in May followed by red berries. Brilliant!
Anopterus glandulosus £14.50
Evergreen shrub or small tree with toothed leathery leaves. Terminal racemes of showy, white touched pink, flowers like lily-of-the-valley are borne from spring to autumn. Fruit are recurved capsules exposing winged seeds. Hardy, but best protected by a south wall. Tasmania.
Aralia searelliana BSWJ11736 £18.50
The most tree-like Aralia I have come across, 6m plus in 2-3 years. Huge dark red shoots give way to equally dark red emerging leaves. Mature leaves are huge and pinnate. Black bunches of fruit in autumn. Wow!
Aristolochia delavayi £10.50
Vigorous climber reaching high into my Magnolia delavayi. Produces a profusion of huge’ Dutchman’s pipe’ flowers in dark red. Seems to be a rare variety. The flowers are the largest of the hardy species.
Asterotrichion discolor £10.50
Fairly hardy, erect large shrub, very wind tolerant and likes full sun. Has abundant scented white flowers in clusters in late autumn. Tasmania, where it grows in damp gullies.
Asterotrichion discolor £10.50
Fairly hardy, large erect shrub, very wind tolerant and likes full sun. Has abundant scented white flowers in clusters in late autumn. Tasmania, where it grows in damp gullies.
Atherosperma moschatum £12.50
Tall, evergreen shrub. Needs lime free soils and shelter although was untouched at -8. Hillier’s near Winchester has a good example. A great favourite of mine. Tasmania.
Azara microphylla £8.50
Hardy, evergreen, tall shrub or small tree, upright to 4.5m. Very elegant with sprays of dainty foliage. Gold, heavily scented flowers cover the shrub in early spring. Takes wind and part shade.
Azara serrata £8.50
Large, hardy, evergreen shrub. Clusters of perfumed yellow flowers crowd the bush in May-June.
Azara uruguayensis £12.50
Tall, hardy, evergreen shrub. Leaves glossy above dull beneath and the new shoots are bronze. . A rare and distinctive shrub with small yellow flowers in clusters. Uruguay/ Brazil.
Berberis valdiviana £15.50
Large, hardy, evergreen shrub. Roy Lancaster raved about it. Gold flowers in drooping racemes in spring. Rarely offered because difficult to propagate. Chile.
Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii £12.50
Tall, hardy, evergreen shrub of the myrtle family with lovely smooth peeling bark. Scented white flowers cover the entire bush in early summer, followed by dark brown berries. Rare. Chile.
Brachyglottis huntii £14.50
Compact, rounded, medium sized shrub with with narrow leaves up to 11cm. Huge golden daisy rosettes in summer. Sun loving seaside plant, good with warm winds. Mine is under a south facing wall untouched so far to -8. Needs sun and shelter. New Zealand.
Brachyglottis rotundifolia £9.50
Medium sized shrub with rounded habit, its thick leathery leaves love windswept seaside gardens. Yellow flowers in open corymbs, Will take and love Atlantic gales. N.Zealand.
Broussonetia kazinoki £15.50
Very rare, deciduous, large bush or small tree. Hardy and strong growing with huge, wonderfully shaped leaves giving an exotic appearance. Oh yes – and odd looking flowers! China.
Buddleja agathosma £12.50
Large deciduous shrub with white felt leaves. Beautiful cylindrical panicles of very fragrant pink flowers in spring and early summer. Said to be tender, but mine has survived -8, so shelter and sun.
Buddleja colvillei kewensis £14.50
Hardy, semi- evergreen large shrub / small tree. Plum coloured panicles turn to burgundy lined with orange. Excellent species.
Buddleja cordata £14.50
Rare, large shrub. Heavily scented flowers hang in greeny-white panicles. Leaves are pale green. Hardy and can be seen growing in Hillier’s arboretum in Hampshire. Mexican mountains.
Buddleja delavayi £14.50
A rare, stunning shrub with sweetly scented flowers hanging in 5″ panicles. These are soft rose-pink/lavender with orange eyes. Loves a sheltered, sunny spot. Yunnan, China.
Buddleja fallowiana’ Bishop’s Violet’ £12.50
Large, hardy shrub with white woolly leaves. Very fragrant dark violet-blue flowers in large panicles. Unique and rare. Will thrive with sun and shelter.
Buddleja farreri £12.50
Rare shrub growing to 3-4m. Panicles of rose-lilac flowers borne in spring. (Similar to crispa) Flowers on last year’s growth. Warm wall to -8. Introduced in 1915 from China.
Buddleja forrestii £12.50
Large shrub with vigorous growth and 30cm long, tropical looking leaves. The panicles of white flowers reach 60cm in length. The whole plant is stunning and hardy to -10 when mature. Collected by Roy Lancaster.
Buddleja heliophila £12.50
Rare, tall shrub with light green-grey leaves on woolly stems. Fragrant rose-lavender flowers with an orange eye, hang in panicles of short-stalked clusters.
Buddleja nivea pink form £14.50
Vigorous, medium sized shrub with large leaves. The whole bush is covered in white felt. This form has pink flowers hanging in 18 cm panicles. From 10,000 feet in China.
Buddleja nivea yunnanensis £12.50
Huge growing, very hardy shrub. Long branches carry long pink flowers in compound panicles. Very rare. Stunning!
Buddleja officinalis £12.50
Rare, very perfumed winter flowering shrub. Soft lilac / pink panicles make this plant very special. To -8. China.
Buddleja Salmon Spheres £12.50
Cross between Globosa and Crispa, the leaves are felted and grey-green. Emerging buds are yellow opening to salmon terminal clusters. Each flower has a yellow eye.
Buddleja salviifolia £12.50
Large, very beautiful shrub, grey felted leaves have golden emerging growth. Blue flowers hang in huge panicles. Easy grower, hardy.
Buddleja salviifolia Alba £12.50
As above with large sage-like leaves and long panicles of white flowers.
Buddleja stenostachya £12.50
Rare, hardy, strong growing shrub with greenish leaves with grey woolly undersides on white downy stems. Long slender panicles of light lavender/pink flowers. Collected in W. Sichuan by Roy Lancaster.
Buddleja tibetica £12.50
Rare, hardy, deciduous shrub grows to 2-2.5m. Exotic looking leaves are huge and felted. Light purple scented flowers bloom in mid-spring. Listed as similar to crispa which it is not!
Buddleja venenifera calvesens £12.50
Very unusual Buddleja with bright green leaves. 30cm long panicles of lavender/purple flowers blooming spring to autumn are followed by pendulous seed heads which hang on all winter. Mexico.
Buddleja weyeriana ‘Moonlight’ £12.50
Tall, hardy shrub which is the result of a number of crosses. The flowers are cream, sprayed dusty pink, the unopened buds pale violet – they are carried in spherical heads in terminal clusters in late summer. Rare.
Buddleja weyeriana ‘Sungold’ £12.50
Large, rare, hardy shrub. Flowers on current year’s growth and the large terminal clusters are a wonderful clear, rich yellow. Much better than Globosa! Haven’t seen this one around.
Callicarpa dichotoma £14.50
Deciduous, hardy compact shrub with bright pink flowers followed by purple fruits in autumn.
Callicarpa japonica Alba £10.50
Hardy, deciduous, upright shrub. White flower clusters produce an abundance of unusual glistening white berry clusters on bare branches. Good autumn colour. Good plant!
Calycanthus Athens £22.50
Hardy, deciduous, spreading shrub 2.5 x 2m. From spring to midsummer, the most stunning, green-hued, cream flowers, 10cm across, cover the bush, smelling heavily of apples. Rare, USA.
Calycanthus chinensis £22.50
Hardy, deciduous, medium-sized shrub to 3m. Beautiful 25cm white flowers with yellow tepals cover the shrub in June. Fantastic!