Exotic and jungle plants are becoming
ever more popular in UK gardens, and Silk Tree Nurseries try to
provide the hardiest and ones most likely to thrive in our
conditions. Be aware of the eventual size and spread of some
of these plants, which can grow very large.
||JUNGLE & EXOTIC
|Acacia dealbata -
Silver Acacia Tree
Acacia dealbata is a beautiful, delicate foliage tree which has Mimosa like
leaves and stunning pom pom yellow flowers. It is often misnamed the Mimosa,
and although very similar, this tree is actually hardy in the sheltered garden.
It is able to withstand -8C for short periods of time, and when established
down to -15C. Acacia dealbata is established in many RHS gardens around the
country and is a superb plant to try in the garden.
Acacias make stunning patio trees which you can leave out all year round,
or grow in the ground as a specimen focal point in the garden. The bottom
photo to the left shows one of our very large 35litre specimens.
5L pot, approx. 4ft (inc. pot)
(10 in stock)
35L pot, approx. 9ft-10ft (inc. pot) £124.99
(5 in stock, shown in bottom photo)
Acacia bailyana Songlines - Blue Acacia Tree
Acacia baileyana is a very beautiful feather leaf acacia
which has distinct soft blue leaves and RED foliage in the Spring. Golden flowers in summer. More tender than dealbata, so protect with fleece if below -4C.
5L 3ft-4ft inc. pot
Acacia pravissima - Weeping Acacia Tree
Acacia pravissima is one of the most unusual and striking trees we
grow at Silk Tree Nurseries. This beautiful tree is very rarely available,
but should be grown more often in the UK as it is a reliably HARDY Acacia
tree which will grow in the UK climate with ease. It is EVERGREEN, with very
unusual TRIANGULAR leaves. Acacia pravissima has a lovely weeping habit,
and when it reaches 3-4ft will begin to flower, with exquisite yellow puff
ball flowers covering the whole tree.
7L pot , 6ft-7ft (inc. pot) £49.99 (E)
( 2 in stock)
Edible Kiwi Fruit
The very exotic, lush, and extremely vigorous Kiwi Vine is a choice plant
for the exotic or jungle garden, grown for it's superb foliage - leaves of
the kiwi vine can be 1ft in diameter each! These vines can easily cover the
front of a large house in 2-3years.
Kiwi Vines can be grown successfully over pagodas or trellis, used as house
wall climbers, or simply grown in a large pot for an unusual and lush patio
display. They can be used to great effect in the exotic garden, with bamboo, trachycarpus palms, and cordylines .
Please see our CLIMBERS
section for sizes and prices
Aesculus pavia rosea nana - Dwarf Horse Chestnut
This rarely available tree is a beautiful exotic looking dwarf version of a
horse chestnut, with lovely large horse chestnut shaped leaves which are bronze
in Spring, turning green in Summer, then turning yellow and orange in Autumn. In
early Summer you are
graced with panicles of pink flowers. A very slow growing tree, ideal for small
gardens achieving only 5-6ft after many years. The photo to left shows the
beautiful flowers, the photos from left to right below show the leaf colour in
early Spring, and the tree in flower in Summer.
10L pot , 4ft (inc. pot) £49.99 (B)
||Albizzia julibrissin Rosea -
Persian Pink Silk Tree
'Rosea' is the selected deep pink form of the species Silk
Tree, and after growing this form fo rthe last seven years, we have
found it to be very, very hardy, and vigorous producing a fabulous
small tree in just a few years.
3L pot approx. 2ft (inc. pot) £24.99 (B)
(2 in stock)
7L pot (just repotted) approx. 4ft (inc. pot) £45.00 (B)
(4 in stock)
7L/10L pot approx. 6ft (inc. pot) £89.99 (E)
(8 in stock)
Albizzia julibrissin Summer Chocolate -
Burgundy Leaf Silk Tree
A quite new form of the Silk Tree - with leaves that turn
to Burgundy Red in the summer months. A grafted variety and stunning
in August and September. This is a GRAFTED variety, strong growing and
flowering at a young age.
10L approx. 6ft-7ft inc. pot £69.99 (E)
Arbutus unedo rubra -
Hardy Strawberry Bush
The Strawberry Tree, Arbutus unedo, makes the perfect bush or small tree
for a small garden. Growing very slowly to only approx 8-10ft, you will be
rewarded with glossy EVERGREEN leaves, and a beautiful red-brown, strawberry
coloured bark. Small, pinkish-white flowers cover the tree between October
and December, and these are followed by EDIBLE Strawberry-like fruits that
hang in clusters from the branches. They turn slowly from orange to deep
red throughout the year. Native to Southern Ireland, this tree is much sought
after for the EXOTIC and JUNGLE garden, and also makes a very interesting
plant for the sunny patio.
Strawberry Trees are hardy and evergreen.
9litre (approx. 3.5ft inc. pot) at £39.99 (B)
|Brahea armata (Mexican
Blue Palm Tree)
A great palm to try in the UK garden in free draining
soil in a hot sunny location - water well in the summer months and
protect the trunk with fleece if below -8c looms. Stunning blue fan
leaves from a central bulbous trunk.
The photos show some of the actual palms on offer
(taken in April).
40-45inch inc. pot, approx. 10inch trunk
|Butia capitata (Jelly Palm Tree)
A beautiful arching palm with a single trunk that is
surprisingly hardy in the UK (to about -8C) - can grow an impressive
thick trunk in English gardens, and has lush, arching green feather-like
palm leaves. Protect the trunk with fleece if -8c or lower threatens.
Water well in the summer months.
The photos show some of the actual palms on offer
(taken in April).
5ft-5.5ft inc. pot, approx. 8inch trunk
||Catalpa bignoides nana -
Indian Bean Tree
This is the green form of Indian Bean Tree which is grown not
only for it's lush foliage, but also for its amazing fruit; long bean pods up to
1ft in length hang from all over the tree through late autumn to early Spring.
It is fully hardy, and environmentally friendly, absorbing pollution as it
grows. It can be successfully grown in containers for a very unusual and
beautiful patio display, and comes into it's own in the exotic or jungle garden
where it will make a central specimen tree. We are offering some beautiful top
10L pot approx.
4ft Dwarf inc. pot (top
grafted) at £39.99 (B)
||Catalpa aurea - Golden
Indian Bean Tree
This is a beautiful and much sought after GOLDEN leaf form
of Indian bean Tree. We are offering top grafted DWARF specimens which
should stay below 6-7ft.
3L pot approx.
4ft DWARF specimen at
||Chamerops humilis (Hardy Palm Tree)
The European Fan Palm, Chamerops humilis,
is one of the most hardiest palm trees for the outdoor UK garden. It is
a 'clumping' palm tree that grows multiple trunks and takes on a
bush-like appearance. Large, fan-like leaves stretch out from the centre
of each trunk. Evergreen, it is very frost hardy, and makes an ideal
container palm for the patio, or plant it in the garden in free draining
3ft inc. pot, approx. 10inch trunk, 2ft spread
||Choisya AZTEC PEARL (Mexican Orange)
A hybrid mexican orange, this lovely form has elegant lobed leaves, bright
green, and is flushed with FRAGRANT white flowers in late Spring. A compact
form of mexican orange, which is hardy and evergreen, growing to 3-4ft.
26inches inc. pot) (B)
||Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange)
The species plant, strong growing, evergreen, fragrant
flowers in Spring.
10litre (approx. 3ft inc. pot) £29.99 (B)
|Cordyline australis - Torbay Palm Tree
For instant impact, a spectacular Torbay Palm will add exotic
effect to any garden. Wonderfully exotic, yet very hardy (protect with
fleece in hard winters). These very easy plants can grow to 12ft
within 4 years and create a superb canopy for the exotic or jungle
garden. They make excellent patio specimens, and require little water
during the growing season. The photo shows one of our 15litre,
5ft inc. pot specimens, which have a 3-4ft spread of foliage.
5litre (approx 2.5-3ft inc. pot) £19.99 (B)
( 4 in stock)
20litre (approx 5ft inc. pot) £69.99 (E)
( 2 in stock)
30litre (approx 6ft inc. pot)
( 7 in stock)
||Eucalyptus gunnii - Gum Tree
The toughest of all the gum trees, this Eucalyptus
will survive any soil, any abuse, any amount of pruning, and any conditons!
You can grow it as a dense bush by clipping every year, in a pot, or
as a 50ft high tree! Beautiful all year round blue foliage.
5L pot , approx. 4ft-4.5ft £24.99 (B)
(5 in stock)
niphophila - Gum Tree
The Alpine Snow Gum, Eucalyptus niphophila, is one the most attractive FULLY
HARDY Eucalyptus. What makes this Eucalyptus so distinctive is the large
oval blue leaves, which really show during the winter months as this beautiful
species keeps its foliage all through the year. It has snakeskin bark at
a young age, and can be used to great effect as a backdop for the greener
foliage plants (Cordylines and Palms), or grow in a pot on the patio, and
pruned to keep to a desired height.
7ft (inc. pot) £59.99 (E)
x lizei - Giant Climbing Fatsia
A unique, unusual and dramatic foliage plant, this is actually a cross
between ivy (hedera) and the castor oil plant (fatsia), so it has a climbing
habit, but with very large Fatsia japonica like leaves. Very hardy, and suitable
for a climbing position - an ideal addition to the exotic and jungle garden.
Very easy to grow, use it for a bold foliage show against a wall, or
train it up a wigwam of canes. Plant in half shade.
7L pot, approx. 5ft inc. pot at £35.00 (B)
japonica - Japaanese Aralia
Lush, green, lobed, palmate leaves give
this plant a real exotic look. Evergreen, and frost tolerant, it will add
a sub-tropical look to any garden. Tolerant of most soils, this plant will
withstand even harsh, coastal uk climates. Unusual ball clusters of white
flowers are produced in autumn, followed by black fruits.
10L pot (approx.3ft inc. pot) £39.99 (B)
||FICUS BROWN TURKEY -
Edible Fig (HARDY!)
Figs make lovely plants for the
garden in the UK - with their bold and distinctive foliage throughout
the growing season, Ficus Brown Turkey is fully hardy and will produce
ripe figs in the UK climate. Plant against a south or west facing wall
for fully ripe fruit.
25L pot (approx. 10ft inc. pot , 3ft-4ft spread) £149.99 (E)
formosa GOLDEN LANTERNS - Golden Himalayan Honeysuckle
Hardy & Exotic Perennial growing to 5-6ft!
The Himalayan Honeysuckle, Leycesteria formosa, is a must for the exotic
garden or unusual back border. This is a real show plant, growing to
5-6ft, possibly higher, and covered in extraordinary pendulous white and
red-purple flowers in June / July. In the autumn months purple berries
form on the stems, and during a mild winter, the stems can stay on all
winter. This is the GOLD LEAF form Golden Lanterns.
(just repotted in Autumn) ,
specimens £39.99 (B)
formosa PURPLE RAIN -
Hardy & Exotic Perennial growing to 5-6ft!
This is the Purple Rain hybrid of the Himalayan Honeysuckle, producing
more purple flowers, and lighter green foliage with a red tinge in
specimens £29.99 (B)
|Musa basjoo- Hardy Banana Tree
The Japanese Banana, Musa basjoo is one of only a few species of banana that
will survive outdoors in the UK. These banana plants are grown for their
spectacular, exotic foliage up to 2 metres in length. We have grown Musa basjoo
for many years now, and it is so rewarding seeing that trunk thicken each
year, and the plant get ever more larger and magnificent. They will also
produce offspring which can split in mid-summer from the parent
plant, and planted. These Hardy Banana Trees WILL FRUIT in this country when
large enough (approx. 9-12ft). Protect the trunk (not leaves) with horticultural
white fleece over winter.
(just repotted) ,
approx. 3ft inc. leaves and pot (approx. 14inch trunk)
(6 in stock)
15Litre pot (just repotted) ,
approx. 4ft inc. leaves and pot (approx. 20inch-2ft trunk)
(6 in stock)
- Sacred Bamboo / Heavenly Bamboo
The Sacred or Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica, is actually not a bamboo,
but is a very fascinating and beautiful shrub from Japan and China, that
forms bamboo like stems, with green foliage at the tips that turn a stunning
red and orange in the winter months. It is non-invasive, and grows to only
5-6ft and makes a fabulous plant for the front of border, for the patio,
and is a must in the Japanese style garden.
This Sacred Bamboo also FLOWERS white in Spring/Summer, and
produces red berries for the autumn.
3litre (approx. 2-3ft inc. pot) £15.99 (A)
10litre (approx. 6ft inc. pot) £59.99 (E)
( 1 only)
||Olive Tree - Hardy Olea
With its evergreen blue green leaves, the olive tree makes a lovely
companion to the exotic and jungle plants. Fully hardy - it requires
free draining soil (dig sand and gravel into your existing bed). Water
in summer only.
approx. 40inch inc. pot, 10inch head standard £45.00 (B)
||Paulownia tomentosa - Foxglove
The Paulownia tomentosa is a favourite at Silk Tree Nurseries because
of its stunning jungle like foliage, and can be used to great effect in the
Jungle or Exotic garden. This beautiful tree bears very unique and spectacular
flowers BEFORE the leaves which resemble foxgloves growing from the branches.
You can grow this lovely tree in two ways - as an upright specimen tree where
it will grow to a substantial height in a short period, or coppice it to
grow it as a large shrub / bush. To produce flowers: You mustn't prune it,
as the flowers are produced on last years wood. To produce massive 3ft+ diameter
leaves: Prune it! Do this in the winter months when the tree is dormant (Dec-Feb)
cutting into the hardwood, prune to approx. 3-4ft. This will be at the expense
of the flowers, but will produce very very large leaves.
3-4ft plants, 5Litre pots £29.99
||Phormium pupurea -
Purple New Zealand Flax
A fabulous EVERGREEN foliage plant, New Zealand Flax is clump forming, and
makes a superb patio plant, or exotic border specimen. Surprisingly hardy,
you should have little problems over wintering this Phormium in a sunny
spot in the garden (in free draining soil) .They make ideal jungle and exotic style garden plants.
This is the purple leaf version.
5ft inc. pot £59.99
||Phormium tenax -
New Zealand Flax
leaf species EVERGREEN foliage plant New Zealand Flax which is
clump forming, and makes a superb patio plant, or exotic border
specimen. One of the hardiest phormiums being the species plant.
6ft inc. pot £79.99
||Pieris Carnival -
Pieris 'Carnival' is a beautiful and distinctive
EVERGREEN shrub for the back border or patio display. Unusual
variegated green and white leaves and flowers are lily-of-the-valley
like in their appearance and come in clusters in Spring.Pieris
do well in half shade, and are not fussy about soil types, although
prefer acidic. We also offer the Katsura pieris,
10Litre pot, 3ft
specimens £39.99 (B)
|Trachycarpus fortunei - Fortune's Palm
Essential, single stemmed, OUTDOOR palm for the UK. Dark green fan
leaves up to 1m across. Larger specimens are becoming ever more popular,
and their hardiness is unquestionable. Can be fast growing (for a
palm), even in the UK climate. Plant in a free draining soil (gravel /
sand / compost mix) - they do not like their feet in water over
winter. Can also be kept happily indoors at any time, in good light.
5litre YOUNG PALM TREES approx. 28-30
inc. pot (3inch trunk) £19.99 (A)
( 10 in stock)
approx. 49-52inches inc. pot (no trunks, but multiple trunks forming at
base) £69.99 (B)
( 5 in stock)
approx.5ft inc. pot (approx. 14-18inch trunk) £145.00 (E)
(7 in stock)
Another fully hardy OUTDOOR palm for the UK. Usually
single stem, and a little slower growing than fortunei. This form has
notably more straight leaves than fortunei. Hardy to at least -25C, you
wont have any problems planting this outdoors in free draining soil.
30litre plants 6.5ft
palms (2.5ft-3ft trunks) £299.99 (E)
||Virburnum rhytidophyllum - Chinese
evergreen specimen shrub, this type of Viburnum has a wide variety of
uses, and is ideal in the back border, in the jungle style garden, as a
hedge, or as a standalone potted specimen on a patio. Large long leaves
are evergreen and different colour on top and bottom of the leaf, and
this species produces a mass of small white flowers in Spring, followed
by red berries in Autumn which turn colour over winter. (We also offer
another viburnum at this size; Kilimanjaro Sunrise, please see our
Japanese Plants section, click here)
30litre size (approx. 7ft inc. pot, 3ft spread) - £145.00
( 3 in stock)
||Yucca gloriosa variegata -
This stunning architectural plant is grown for its bold sword
like foliage and makes an ideal plant for a desert garden or a jungle
garden, where it can be grown in a raised bed of gravel and sand. Keep
very dry over winter and plant in free draining soil. Very slow
growing. Stunning, tall flower spikes in summer up to 6ft high. - very
hardy, we have had these down to -12C last winter!
3litre plants £14.99 (A)
Yucca rostrata, sometimes called the Beaked Yucca, is a
very hardy yucca for the UK garden, or can be used as a patio exotic.
With stunning blue sword like leaves, and an amazing straw like trunk,
these Yuccas make a real statement in the garden. Hardy to approx. -20C,
but must be planted in a free draining soil (use sand, grit and compost
to break up clay soils). The Top photo shows some of the ones we have
available (without trunks) and the bottom photo shows our larger
size which is now sold out.
12litre (approx. 3ft-4ft inc. pot, NO TRUNK) £79.99 (E)
15litre (approx. 5ft inc. pot, 21inch trunk)