PLANT LIST of rare and difficult-to-find trees and shrubs
Acer buergerianum £22.00
This small, hardy, deciduous tree has flaking bark. The three-lobed leaves emerge with a reddish tint. In autumn the colours are fantastic.
Acer campestre pulverulentum £22.50
This hardy, deciduous shrub has some of the best variegated leaves, sparkling with white blotches, I have seen. Seems best in semi-shade or full shade. Good autumn colour. Have had this for some years but where it came from I know not!
Acer griseum £15.00
A hardy deciduous, small tree, known as the paper bark maple. The old bark on trunk and branches flakes and curls back to reveal cinnamon underbark. Superb autumn colours. China.
Acer macranthum £18.50
A small, hardy, deciduous, rare tree. The small, five-lobed leaves turn brilliant bonfire reds and oranges in the autumn and the seeds (keys) are also well coloured. Excellent for small gardens. Japan.
Acer negundo ‘Kelly’s Gold’ £16.50
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 summer and stunning red and purple autumn colours. In mature trees the bark is green with white striations. Very unusual and somewhat rare. Fine for not too shallow chalk.
Acer sterculiaceum £28.00
A rare and most beautiful hardy, deciduous tree with large, lobed leaves which emerge a striking salmon red. The large flowers, carried on long racemes, emerge with the leaves in spring. The autumn colours are spectacular, altogether a splendid tree. China.
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. Should be better known. Argentina 1920.
Alangium platanifolium var. macrophyllum £16.50
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 £16.50
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. Very rare.
Alnus nitida £18.50
Rare, hardy, tall, deciduous tree with scaling bark. The shining, green leaves have smooth, bright blood red petioles running into red veins. The emerging shoots are brushed red. Long catkins are produced in the autumn. I love it! NW Himalaya.
Alnus subcordata £25.00
Fast growing, medium to large tree with heart shaped leaves up to 15cm long. The catkins are borne early in the year. Useful for damp conditions and will grow anywhere except shallow chalk. Very rare, N.Iran.
Amomyrtus luma £10.50
Tall, hardy, evergreen shrub with beautiful cinnamon-cream bark and aromatic leaves and wood. The emerging shoots are 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 tree with toothed leathery leaves. Terminal racemes of showy, white touched with pink flowers, like lily-of-the-valley, are borne in spring. Fruit are recurved capsules exposing winged seeds. Hardy, but best protected by a south wall. Tasmania.
Aralia foliolosa 13.061/13.033 £18.50
Tall, deciduous shrub from rare, wild collected seed. The large leaves are pinnately compound with recurved prickles. The information is from the ‘Flora of China’ as this is new to me. Looks superb. Yunnan to Bhutan so hardy.
Ardisia japonica Ito Fukurin £14.50
This is a hardy, low growing, evergreen shrub. Its variegated leaves are best seen in a woodland setting. Pretty cream flowers are followed by red berries. China, Korea.
Asterotrichion discolor £14.50
This is a fairly hardy, large, erect shrub, very wind tolerant which likes full sun. It has abundant, scented, white flowers in clusters in late autumn. Tasmania, where it grows in damp gullies.
Atherosperma moschatum £16.50
A tall, evergreen shrub which eeds lime free soils and shelter, although it was untouched at -8. Hillier Gardens near Winchester has a good example. A great favourite of mine. Tasmania. Available later in 2018.
Berberis valdiviana £15.50
A large, hardy, evergreen shrub which Roy Lancaster raved about. It has gold flowers in drooping racemes in spring. It is rarely offered because it is difficult to propagate. Chile.
Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii £14.50
A 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
A compact, rounded, medium sized shrub with huge, golden, daisy rosettes in summer. It is a sun loving seaside plant good with warm winds. Mine is under a south facing wall untouched so far to -5. Needs sun and shelter. New Zealand.
Brachyglottis rotundifolia £14.50
A medium sized shrub with rounded habit, its thick leathery leaves love windswept seaside gardens. it has yellow flowers carried in open corymbs. It will take and love Atlantic gales. N.Zealand.
Broussonetia kazinoki £17.50
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 colvillei kewensis £14.50
Hardy, semi- evergreen large shrub or small tree. Burgundy coloured panicles turn to dark red. Excellent species.
Buddleja colvillei Tregye £16.50
Large, semi-evergreen shrub. This spectacular variety flowers in midsummer and is unique for its rich plum hanging buds, opening into burgundy panicles, which are orange within. Utterly fantastic! India, China.
Buddleja cordata £14.50
Rare, large shrub with pale green leaves. The heavily scented flowers hang in greeny-white panicles. It is hardy and can be seen growing in the Hillier arboretum in Hampshire. Mexican mountains.
Buddleja delavayi £16.50
A rare, stunning shrub which loves a sheltered, sunny spot. The sweetly scented flowers hanging in 12cm panicles and are soft rose-pink/lavender with orange eyes. Yunnan, China.
Buddleja fallowiana £15.50
A medium to large, deciduous shrub which butterflies adore. The highly scented flowers are pale lavender with orange eyes and are carried in large panicles from spring to late summer. Rare and hardy. China.
Buddleja fallowiana’ Bishop’s Violet’ £14.50
This large, hardy shrub has white, woolly leaves and very fragrant, dark violet-blue flowers held in large panicles. This unique and rare shrub will thrive with sun and shelter.
Buddleja farreri £15.50
This rare shrub grows to 3-4m and has panicles of rose-lilac flowers which are borne in spring and flower on last year’s growth. It would appreciate a warm wall. Introduced in 1915 from China.
Buddleja forrestii £14.50
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 forrestii ex Dick Fulcher £14.50
This lovely shrub is similar to the darker leaved forrestii with the 60cm drooping panicles. However, the flowers have a distinct pink hue and the leaves are a much lighter green with a brown indumentum beneath.
Buddleja heliophila £14.50
A rare, tall, shrub with light green-grey leaves on woolly stems. The fragrant rose-lavender flowers have an orange eye and hang in panicles of short-stalked clusters.
Buddleja megacephala £14.50
This large bush carries ball-shaped racemes of burnt-orange flowers which fade to yellow. Central America. Very rare.
Buddleja nivea pink form £15.50
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 £15.50
This is a huge growing, hardy shrub with 50cm long leaves which are covered in grey woolly hairs. Long violet-purple flowers are carried in compound panicles. Very rare. Stunning! China.
Buddleja officinalis £15.50
Rare, very perfumed winter flowering shrub. Soft lilac / pink panicles make this plant very special. To -8. China.
Buddleja Salmon Spheres £15.50
This cross between Globosa and Crispa has felted, grey-green leaves. The emerging flower buds are yellow opening into salmon terminal clusters. Each flower has a yellow eye.
Buddleja salviifolia £14.50
Large, very beautiful shrub, grey felted leaves have golden emerging growth. Blue flowers hang in huge panicles. Easy grower, hardy.
Buddleja salviifolia alba £14.50
Just as beautiful as straight salviifolia but with greener leaves and the larger panicles of flowers are white.
Buddleja speciosissima £15.50
The foliage of this shrub is a soft, furry grey and the amazing flowers are orange red and 2-3 cm long. Although from the mountains of south Brazil, it grows quite happily in northern France, showing that it is possibly hardier than one may assume. I have waited for this brilliant Buddleja for some time. Available later in 2018.
Buddleja stenostachya £15.50
This rare, hardy, strong growing shrub has greenish leaves with grey woolly undersides on white downy stems. The long slender panicles carry pale lavender-pink flowers. Collected in W. Sichuan by Roy Lancaster.
Buddleja tibetica £15.50
This rare, hardy, deciduous shrub grows to 2-2.5m. The exotic looking leaves are hugeand felted and light purple, scented flowers bloom early before the leaves emerge. Listed as similar to crispa which it is not!
Buddleja venenifera calvesens £15.50
A very unusual Buddleja with bright green leaves. The 30cm long panicles of lavender-purple flowers which bloom from spring to autumn are followed by pendulous seed heads which hang on all winter. Mexico.
Buddleja weyeriana ‘Sungold’ £14.50
This is a large, rare, hardy shrub. It flowers on the 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 £15.50
Deciduous, hardy, compact shrub with bright pink flowers followed by purple fruits in autumn. Brilliant!
Callicarpa japonica alba £14.50
A hardy, deciduous, upright shrub. White flower clusters produce an abundance of unusual glistening white berry clusters on bare branches. Bright autumn colour. Good plant!
Calycanthus Aphrodite £22.00
A hardy, deciduous shrub growing to 2-2.5m. The huge, fragrant flowers which are 10 cm across, are blood red with pale cream on the reverse inner petals and bloom from May to July. This new and outstanding shrub will be available later in 2018.
Calycanthus Athens £25.00
This is a 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.