Platinus acerifolia. London Plane Tree
Common Name: London Plane Tree
The London Plane Tree grows to a very large tree and can live for an immensely long time. Often seen as pollarded street trees and used also as peaching and flat topped specimens the Plane Tree can be very heavily and brutally reduced each autumn to reduce the eventual size.
The motley, speckled bark of the London Plane Tree is a testament to its age and gives the tree wonderful character.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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