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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Magnolia ‘Denudata’ -Gere
Its no surprise the Magnolia Denudata has been described as one of the most beautiful of the Magnolias. While the final cold weeks of winter persist this deciduous tree gently reveals the delicate beauty of Spring, becoming laden with flowers upon its stark bare branches, a promise for the arrival of the approaching warmer season. Its fragrant flowers are cupped upright in a soft ivory colour, starting as a tight bud and continually opening wider and fuller through its blossoming weeks. The Magnolia Denudata is native to central and eastern China.
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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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Common Name: Evergreen Cork Oak
Large growing, short stemmed, wide spreading tree native to the Mediterranean . Very thick corky bark is harvested off trees at least 25 years of age for wine corks and tiling .This tree tolerates hot dry sites and is found growing on very hilly country in the Mediterranean unsuited to other crops. A wonderful tree in a well drained and hot courtyard. A tree worthy of a place in a interactive setting where children can tack things to the deep fissured bark. Frost and coastal hardy.
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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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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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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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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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