One of the best options for a red flowering rhododendron, the ‘Cornubia’ blooms in strong colour in Aug/Sep. The flowers group into striking round clusters of brilliant red. This small tree holds its form well.
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Olea ‘el greco’
The Olea ‘el greco’ is an ancient species that is slow-growing and has a compact form, so would be ideal for screening or shelter. Its thin leaves gives a highly textured appearance making it equally suitable as a garden feature tree. The knobbly trunk and silvery leaves will offer authenticity and character to your landscape, plus a hint of Mediterranean flavor. Reliable crops with small fruits that have high oil content. Will tolerate dry and windy conditions.
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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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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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Pyrus calleryana ‘aristocrat’
Common Name: Ornamental Callery Pear
A pyramidal growing tree with a spectacular variety between the seasons. Summer offers glossy green leaves combined with exquisite tiny white flowers, turning into striking red foliage in autumn. Then gorgeous masses of white tiny ornamental pears blossom in the spring. This species a striking tree worthy of a central place in a large garden or corner of a courtyard. A more upright habit. Prefers well-drained friable soils. This tree can be clipped in the winter to form a formal shape in a smaller space.
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Quince trees are adaptable and hardy, performing well in all areas of New Zealand. It is a deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, but large, bright golden-yellow and aromatic. The quince has been a popular ingredient since medieval times, and though it was once considered old-fashioned it has recently made a comeback in our kitchens and backyards. The fruit is hard and tart when raw, but sweet and soft once cooked. There are many delicious uses for quince, the popular ones being quince jelly, quince paste and poached quince.
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Acer palmatum ‘osakazuki’
Common Name: Japanese Maple
This beautiful tree has a striking form and would create a bold impression as a large lawn specimen or point-of-arrival tree. This cultivar is considered to have the brightest crimson and scarlet autumn colours of all the Japanese Maples. New growth is a pinky bronze colour that turns into medium to large lobed green leaves. The Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ is a cultivar of the Acer ‘palmatum’. Moderately wind hardy. A robust upright spreader.
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Acer freemanii x ‘jeffers red’
Common Name: Jeffers Red or Freemans Maple
This selection of the North American Maple will grow to approx. 15m tall with erect branching and a eventual round headed form. These trees would create an immediate vertical aspect to any property or large building needing shade and privacy. The glossy summer leaves turn into brilliant autumn tones of scarlet and crimson.
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Acer ‘palmatum’. Dissectum syn Atropurpurea
This outstanding 80 year old specimen of red weeping Japanese Maple is a breathtaking natural wonder that we are very fortunate although reluctant to offer for sale. There is an awe-inspiring beauty within this tree which is only developed with the irreplaceable factor of time. Year upon year of character-building has rewarded this specimen with maturity and solidity that reflects absolute magnificence. The incredible intertwined trunk formation weaves and mazes its way upward with each branch seeming to have a mind entirely of its own. The wonderful textures and patterns it displays are a testament to its age.
Acer ‘Palmatum’. Atropurpurea is one of the most highly regarded types of Japanese Maple, with year-round beauty. In spring the flushed red foliage at its summit cascades down to lovely fresh hues of yellows, oranges, and vibrant greens, then mingles into lower leaves of deep mauve. Summer brings a very dark crimson, almost black red, without the common summer ‘bronze-out’ of many of its other cultivars. Autumn is its crowning glory as it displays a full coverage of brilliant bonfire red.
The Japanese Maples have an aura of antiquity and are identifiable by their compact shape and attractively sculptural branching habit. They are a true collector plant due to the degree of difference between one plant and another. For many years Japan had a rich tradition of finding, collecting, catergorizing, naming, propagating and exhibiting the numerous varieties of Japanese Maples, this is known as ‘The Edo period’ [1600-1700ad]. The Japanese maple became the heart of garden design in the early 1900s when North America and Eurpope discovered Japan and its prolific nurseries.
The form of this particular tree is exceptionally stunning in character and we can well imagine it situated in a raised focal point in a sheltered courtyard where the internal branching structure is easily visible and best enjoyed. This graceful tree could also beautifully compliment large scale water features such as ponds and streams. Some suggested companion shrubs and trees would be small ornamental confiers, cercis varieties, rhododendrons, and camellias.
Most certainly the oldest tree currently for sale in New Zealand, it deserves a grand location and an appreciating audience. The new owner will be privileged to possess one of natures finest masterpieces.