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Specimen Trees

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' (Japanese Maple)

A deciduous, slow-growing large shrub or small tree with red-purple foliage that turns a brilliant red in autumn. Needs a sheltered position. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' (Japanese Maple)

An attractive, slow-growing upright bushy shrub. Leaves emerging fresh orange becoming lemon-yellow with orange-tinted margins and tips. Autumn colour golden-yellow. Height & Spread 3m (10ft).

Acer palmatum 'Red Flash' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Red Flash' (Japanese Maple)

A broad, upright, deciduous tree with deeply lobed, red leaves in spring, turning purple-red through summer and then vivid, bright red in autumn. Height 3m (10ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold' (Japanese Maple)

An upright, rounded, branching, deciduous shrub or very small tree with toothed, deeply lobed leaves, light green in spring, golden-yellow in summer, and yellow in autumn. Height 4m (13ft), Spread 5m (16ft).

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet' (Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Garnet' (Japanese Maple)

A small deciduous tree with finely cut, reddish-purple leaves becoming scarlet in autumn. Grows in a mound-like habit with branches that are weeping at the ends. Height 1.5m (5ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple)

Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple)

A handsome, spreading, medium-sized deciduous tree with large, lobed, deep purple-red leaves and clusters of reddish-orange flowers on leafless branches in spring. Height & Spread 12m (39ft).

Alnus cordata (Italian Alder)

Alnus cordata (Italian Alder)

A fast-growing deciduous tree with glossy bright green leaves. Yellow-brown catkins in spring before the leaves appear, followed in autumn by large false cones. Ideal for wet situations & chalk soils.

Alnus incana (Grey Alder)

Alnus incana (Grey Alder)

A tough, fast-growing, conical, deciduous tree for cold and wet locations. Oval-round leaves with grey undersides and yellow catkins in early spring.

Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry)

Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry)

A deciduous large shrub or small tree with oblong leaves turning golden in autumn. White flowers in spring followed by edible fruit changing from red to black in autumn. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus)

Amelanchier lamarckii (Snowy Mespilus)

An upright, deciduous shrub or small tree with spreading branches bearing dark green leaves, bronze when young and turning orange & red in autumn. White flowers in mid-spring are followed by purple-black fruit.

Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Robin Hill'

Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Robin Hill'

A compact & upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree with mid-green leaves that turn orange or red in autumn. Flowers that open pale pink & fade to white in summer are followed by purple-black fruit in autumn.

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

A variable, deciduous tree with peeling, white bark, ovate to oblong, tapered, glossy dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn and yellow-brown male catkins in early spring. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 5m (16ft).

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' (Blue Atlas Cedar)

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' (Blue Atlas Cedar)

A large, evergreen, coniferous tree, with a conical habit at first which later becomes broadly crowned with spreading branches. It has silvery blue-green, needle-like foliage & bears green-brown ovoid cones.

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Corkscrew Hazel)

Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Corkscrew Hazel)

A deciduous shrub grown for it's unusual twisted branches. Striking long, yellow catkins in winter. Stems are good for flower arranging. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Bush)

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Bush)

A dramatic, slender upright tree with firery orange-scarlet tubular flowers in summer. Height 5m (16ft), Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold' (Beech)

Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Gold' (Beech)

A small, upright, deciduous tree whose young leaves are bright yellow later turning green.

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' (Copper/Purple Beech)

Fagus sylvatica 'Purpurea' (Copper/Purple Beech)

A large deciduous tree with rounded purple-red leaves which turn coppery in autumn. It works well in a hedge where purple and green beech alternate.

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

A vigorous, upright, open-branched, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, mid-green leaves and, in spring before the leaves emerge, cup-shaped, dark wine-purple flowers. Height 9m (29ft), Spread 6m (20ft).

Magnolia 'Peachy'

Magnolia 'Peachy'

A spreading, deciduous tree with oblong to ovate, dark green leaves and fragrant, cup-shaped, orange-red flowers, creamy-white on the inside, in mid-spring before the leaves emerge. Height & Spread 10m (32ft).

Magnolia 'Sentinel'

Magnolia 'Sentinel'

A vigorous, upright, columnar, deciduous tree with ovate to elliptic, mid-green leaves and, in spring before the leaves emerge, cup-shaped, white to reddish pink-purple flowers. Height 10m (32ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Magnolia 'Spectrum'

Magnolia 'Spectrum'

An upright, broadly conical, deciduous shrub or small tree with ovate, mid-green leaves and large, reddish-purple flowers as or before the leaves emerge in spring. Height 6m (20ft), Spread 2m (6ft).

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)

Magnolia x soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)

A deciduous shrub or multi-stemmed tree with large, dark green leaves that turn yellow to brown in autumn. The deep rose-pink or pure white, saucer-shaped flowers are produced in spring, before and with the new leaves.

Malus sylvestris 'John Downie' (Crab Apple)

Malus sylvestris 'John Downie' (Crab Apple)

A mid-sized, deciduous tree with pink-budded white blossom in April & May followed by edible bright red fruits in autumn. Deciduous. Flowers & fruits best in a sunny position. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 7m (23ft).

Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet' (Crab Apple)

Malus x zumi 'Golden Hornet' (Crab Apple)

A small, deciduous tree with white blossom in spring and masses of distinctive gold-yellow fruits which remain in place throughout autumn into winter. Height & Spread 10m (32ft).

Olea europaea (Olive)

Olea europaea (Olive)

A round headed tree. The leaves are coloured unsurprisingly olive-green and silvery on their underside. Small white flowers in summer and these are followed by olives, green at first & ripening to black.

Prunus 'Amanogawa' (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

Prunus 'Amanogawa' (Japanese Flowering Cherry)

A compact, deciduous, ornamental tree with dense clusters of large, fragrant, semi-double pale pink blooms that smother the branches in late spring.

Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' (Flowering Cherry)

Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' (Flowering Cherry)

An upright, columnar, deciduous tree with ovate, tapered, toothed, dark green leaves, flushed bronze in spring, turning golden yellow in autumn and clusters of single, cupped, pink-flushed, white flowers in spring.

Prunus 'Ukon' (Flowering Cherry)

Prunus 'Ukon' (Flowering Cherry)

A small, vigorous, spreading, deciduous tree with dark green leaves, bronze when young & turning red-brown in autumn. In mid-spring, pink buds open to semi-double, yellow-flushed, white flowers, occasionally flushed pink.

Prunus 'Umineko' (Flowering Cherry)

Prunus 'Umineko' (Flowering Cherry)

A small, upright, deciduous tree with single, white cupped flowers in spring. The leaves turn red & orange shades in autumn. Good for use in areas where space is limited. Height 8m (26ft), Spread 4m (13ft).

Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak)

Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak)

A fast-growing, spreading, deciduous tree with dark grey bark and dark green leaves, pale green beneath, turning yellow-brown in autumn. Clusters of inconspicuous flowers in spring are followed by acorns with bristly cups.

Quercus robur (Common Oak)

Quercus robur (Common Oak)

A tall, broad, rugged tree with lobed, matt green leaves. There is golden-brown autumn colour, and of course, acorns which are held on long stalks. One of the longest lived trees.

Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

A spreading tree with large attractive leaves. These are yellow when they first unfurl, quickly changing to dark green before turning bright red in autumn. Height 30m (98ft), Spread 20m (66ft).

Rhus typhina (Stag's Horn Sumach)

Rhus typhina (Stag's Horn Sumach)

An upright, suckering, deciduous shrub or small tree with hairy stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into bright green leaflets turning orange & red in autumn. Height 2m (6ft), Spread 3m (10ft).

Salix alba 'Chermesina' (Coral Bark Willow)

Salix alba 'Chermesina' (Coral Bark Willow)

A vigorous, deciduous tree with bright red young shoots and narrow, lanceolate, mid-green leaves. Insignificant yellow catkins appear with the young leaves in spring. Height 15m (49ft), Spread 12m (39ft).

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock Willow)

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock' (Kilmarnock Willow)

A small, dense-crowned, weeping, deciduous tree with dark-green leaves with grey-green undersides. It has fluffy, yellow-brown shoots and bears grey and yellow catkins in spring. Height & Spread 2.5m (8ft).

Salix daphnoides (Violet Willow)

Salix daphnoides (Violet Willow)

An initially upright, later spreading, deciduous tree. The young shoots are dark purple with a silvery bloom in winter. Silky, grey catkins are produced in late winter/early spring. Height & Spread 8m (26ft).

Salix x sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma' (Golden Weeping Willow)

Salix x sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma' (Golden Weeping Willow)

A fast-growing, wide-spreading tree with slender, pendent, golden-yellow shoots and narrow, lance-shaped, bright green leaves. Yellow male catkins and green female catkins are produced with the leaves in spring.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elder)

Sambucus nigra 'Black Beauty' (Elder)

A compact, deciduous shrub or tree with dark purple-black leaves, flat heads of pink flowers in early summer and dark purple-black berries in autumn. Height & Spread 4m (13ft).

Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam)

Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam)

Silvery leaves on purple shoots in spring. The bark of the tree has beige and orange tones. White flowers in May, scarlet autumn fruits and yellow autumnal tints. Height 12m (39ft), Spread 7m (23ft).

Sorbus aria (Whitebeam)

Sorbus aria (Whitebeam)

A round-headed, deciduous tree with leaves bright green above & downy white beneath. Flat bunches of white flowers in summer followed by dark red fruits in autumn. Salt tolerant. Height 15m (49ft), Spread 10m (32ft).

Sorbus commixta 'Olympic Flame' (Mountain Ash/Rowan)

Sorbus commixta 'Olympic Flame' (Mountain Ash/Rowan)

A broadly conical, deciduous shrub or small tree with broad, glossy foliage, copper-tinted when young, turning green & then brilliant orange and red in autumn. Cream flowers are borne in spring & red berries in autumn.

Sorbus hupehensis (Hubei Rowan/Hupeh Rowan)

Sorbus hupehensis (Hubei Rowan/Hupeh Rowan)

A broadly columner, deciduous tree with pinnate, blue-green leaves turning red and purple in autumn and clusters of white flowers in late spring followed by round, white, sometimes pink-flushed fruit.

Sorbus vilmorinii 'Pink Charm'

Sorbus vilmorinii 'Pink Charm'

A small, deciduous tree with arching branches, feathery, compound, grey-green leaves and in spring creamy white flowers that are followed in autumn with vibrant pink berries. Height & Spread 5m (16ft).

Ulmus minor (European Field Elm)

Ulmus minor (European Field Elm)

A broadly columnar to rounded, deciduous tree with winged young shoots, ovate, glossy, mid-green leaves turning yellow in autumn and small, red flowers in spring followed by ovate, winged, red-marked, green fruit.


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