This hardy, deciduous shrub has some of the best variegated leaves, sparkling with white blotches, that 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 caudatifolium £25.00
A hardy, medium-sized deciduous tree with beautiful, new red stems. The leaves emerge an interesting grey-brown bronze and are long, tapering to a point and eventually not lobed. As a snake bark, the trunk is marked with white stripes. An interesting tree from Taiwan.
Acer cissifolium £25.00
This is a small, deciduous tree. The stems have bluish striations and the trifoliate leaves emerge a beautiful bright bronzy-red before becoming bronze tinted. Yellow flowers are held in drooping catkins in spring. The whole tree glows a brilliant red in autumn, a gorgeous Acer. Not for chalk. Japan.
Acer elegantulum £35.00 (half standard)
A large, deciduous shrub or small tree, with purple emerging shoots and leaves. Mature leaves are green-veined with five, long, tapering lobes and the flowers are pale green. Wonderful colours from spring to autumn. Best in woodland.
Acer erythranthum £30.00
A new species, this small, deciduous tree has bright and beautiful emerging bronze pink lanceolate leaves. Vietnam.
Acer flabellatum (campbellii) yunnanense £32.00
A most beautiful, slender, small tree with deeply five-lobed leaves and distinctive red petioles. The new shoots are a very handsome red-bronze and the mature leaves are light gold turning green. Needs a sheltered spot. China.
Acer heptaphlebium £35.00
A hardy, medium-sized, deciduous tree, the leaves of which emerge, almost completely an astonishing red and the young leaves maintain a red wash with green veins. When mature the green leaves have purple undersides, with red stems and red petioles. Yellow catkins are borne with the emerging leaves. This species is an awe-inspiring acer. Burma mountains.
Acer laevigatum £32.00
A small, semi-evergreen tree with bright green, lustrous, oblong-lanceolate leaves, which are 15cm long. The emerging leaves are a beautiful grey- pink – bronze, the new shoots are brilliant red. A very rare and beautiful Acer. China.
Acer negundo violaceum £25.00
Tall, hardy tree, young shoots and emerging leaves are purple / violet. Fantastic when draped in long, pendent violet tassels in early spring.
Acer pectinatum var forrestii £32.00
A very beautiful, hardy, deciduous, medium-sized tree. The bark has attractive pale stripes, the branches are reddish and the petioles are bright red throughout the year. The leaves are simple to 3 lobed and emerge a startling bright red, gradually changing to soft pink then to green with pink along the veins. The flowers in May have long greenish-yellow sepals. The autumn colours are brilliant and the winter stalks are bright pink. A fantastic tree for every garden. China.
Acer rufinerve £32.00
This is a hardy, medium sized tree with unusually, three-lobed leaves which produce brilliant autumn colour. The trunk has vivid white striations when mature. Japan.
Acer serrulatum £28.00
This is a very worthy, medium sized acer with deeply lobed leaves, the new shoots emerge a lovely reddish-copper which stays in the leaf veins. As it grows all summer long the whole tree has continuous colour through to autumn when swathes of bright colours fire up the tree. Taiwan mountains.
Acer sikkimense £32.00
For me, perhaps the most astonishing young red shoots I have ever seen. The leaves are the same colour when they emerge, gradually turning a shiny bronze before retaining their shine as they green. Unlike other cut leaf Acers, these leaves are entire. This is a small to medium sized tree which is semi-evergreen. Himalaya.
Acer sterculiaceum subsp. franchetii £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.
Aesculus wilsonii £28.00
A large, very rare tree, somewhat slow-growing and spreading. The new shoots are a spectacular red bronze forming into seven bright green leaflets. The flowers are held in upright cylindrical panicles and are white with red centres. A magnificent tree.
Aetoxicon punctatum £18.50 (from 1.2m)
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.
Amomyrtus luma £14.00
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!
Aristolochia delavayi £22.00
This ‘Dutchman’s pipe’ is a vigorous climber and has the largest flower of the species, which is dark purple with a black centre washed cream at the veined base. My plant seems hardy enough and I have had it for many years. China.
Atherosperma moschatum £26,00 (from 1.2m)
A tall, evergreen shrub which needs lime free soil and shelter, although it was untouched at -8 in my garden.Hillier Gardens near Winchester has a good example. A great favourite of mine. Tasmania.
Aucuba omeiensis £22.00
This large, evergreen tree carries huge, bold leaves. It is hardy and can take shade. Roy Lancaster introduced it in 1980 from Mount Emeishan, China.
Azara uruguayensis £15.50
A tall, hardy and evergreen shrub, the glossy leaves are carried in pairs with conspicuous stipules, new shoots are bronzey. Yellow flowers are carried in hanging spikes on this rare and distinctive shrub. Uruguay.
Berberis glaucocarpa £15.50
A hardy, large, semi-evergreen shrub noted for the profusion of blue berries in autumn. Himalaya.
Berberis hypokerina £15.50
Rare, small shrub which forms a thicket of purple stems and holly-like leaves which are silver beneath. Autumn brings dark blue berries. An outstanding plant, not for chalk. Myanmar.
Berberis koehneana £15.50
A hardy, large-leafed shrub which carries the yellow flowers in drooping racemes followed by conspicuous waxen berries, wonderful autumn colour.
Berberis triacanthophora (panlanensis) Cally Rose £16.50
This compact shrub is hardy and evergreen with fine, spiny leaves. Rose calyces surround pale pink petals, all hanging in clusters in summer. Very pretty and unusual.