The Gingko, one of the conifer family, is also known as the Maidenhair Tree. It is revered in Chinese culture and one of the oldest living tree species, dating back over 250 million years. Well-renowned for its uniquely shaped leaves, and its outstanding autumn display of vibrant yellow, it has been described as the most distinct and beautiful of all deciduous trees. These 3 trees are the non-fruiting variety, along with being easily established and very tolerant species, this spectacular trio will give instant height and maturity to any urban setting.
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Carpinus ‘betulinus ‘ . Fastigiata
Common Name: Upright Hornbeam
The stunning Upright Hornbeam Tree is suited to avenue planting. These trees would give good vertical accent to your landscape and could be used to draw the eye to a special part of the garden or away from a contrary view. This species is the fastigiated form of the common English hornbeam, These trees cleanly loose their dead foliage in winter unlike their counterpart hedging variety. The distinctly veined small leaves clothe the trees with a lovely soft green density in summer.
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Common Name: Japanese Stone Pine
This stout and elegant pine species has a rugged trunk of rough dark red bark with fissures revealing a black underlay. The framework of irregular, layered horizontal branches give the trees wonderfully unique and interesting character. The Pinus ‘thunbergii’ would give fascinating dimension in an inner-city Japanese style garden; provide cultural latitude by framing an entranceway. Planted for centuries in Japan these trees can withstand heavy pruning to shape. Coastal hardy. Untrimmed growing to 30m.
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Liriodendron ‘tulipifera’. Arnold
Common Name: Upright Tulip Tree
The soft bright leaves transform into a brilliant yellow performance in autumn. This is the fastigated form of the Liriodendron Tulipifera. These specimens make a fantastic height dimension with their narrow columnar growth habit. Deciduous.
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The Cedrus Atlantica is native to the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa. An attractive specimen tree, this stately needled evergreen conifer has an upright concical form. Prefers well-drained soils.
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Common Name: Cape Butter Knife Tree
A beautiful and versatile ornamental tree found in the forests of South Africa. Its striking foliage is dark green and glossy with contrasting reddish bronze new growth. The clusters of white flowers that appear in autumn are sweetly scented and attract insects and butterflies. This tree gets it common name Butterknife Tree from the unqiue little butter knife shaped new growth it produces as shown on our images. A relatively small species with a non-invasive root system, this tree would thrive if planted inside a natural water feature or is also a good choice for potting into a large pot.
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Common Name: Queensland Firewheel Tree
This handsome but slow growing tree is endemic to the rainforests of Australia’s eastern seaboard. Flowering of this tree takes place in only mature specimens of 8-12 years of age. Our specimen has been flowering consistently for the last 3 years with orange to red skittle shaped buds opening to contorted flowers arranged in a cluster that look like spokes on a wheel. This particular Stenocarpus ‘sinuatus’ has been grown as a multi leader specimen to form a large bush. Very rare in cultivation this tree would compliment a warm tropical courtyard or inner city garden. Large lush leaves of green form a dense crown. Plants to accompany this tree would include Tupidanthus ‘calytraptas’, Cinnamonum ‘camphora’, Dypsis ‘baronii’, Cunonia capensis, Strelitzia and Ficus species.
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These evergreen conifers have a sort of quiet dignity about them, their pyramidal upright form reaches out its horizontal boughs to display its eloquent clusters of silvery blue needles. They make a fantastic statement tree due to their unique blue hue, which blends in well with the moody colour scheme of masonry, plaster or concrete structures. The Blue Atlas Cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Algeria. It likes full sun, is cold and wind hardy, and drought tolerant. Growing habit is usually conical when young as shown in our images, becoming more flat-topped with long spreading branches with age.
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Fagus ‘sylvatica’ . Riversii
Common Name: Rivers Copper Beech
Possibly the most splendid of all the selection of English Beeches, the Rivers Copper Beech has outstanding features. The gorgeous foliage of large deep purple leaves hold their display through the summer. In autumn the foliage drops and presents that pretty calendar-worthy autumnal scene of vibrant ground colour. This species will reach a mature height of 10-15m with a large handsome dome shaped form.
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