Trees and conifers are not confined to large
gardens, but can be POTTED for patios, small gardens or seating
areas. Even large trees can be safely and easily grown in containers, and
moved about the garden for that instant canopy effect. We stock many
and unusual trees at he nursery including oramental cherries, silk trees,
& acacia. Please note that all sizes
include the pot.
CHERRIES - click here
||Abies koreana -
Korean / Japanese Fir
The Korean / Japanese Fir Abies koreana is a medium to
large, but very slow growing tree, which is grown mainly for its lovely
evergreen needle foliage and it's beautiful blue upright cones which
stand vertically from the branches.
This tree can be pruned to be kept at any
height in your garden - don't be afraid to plant a large growing tree in
a small garden - as long as they are pruned every year they can be grown
with ease. We have two very large 50litre specimens in stock now which
are approx. 7ft inc. pot, with a 3ft diameter spread of branches. These
are pot grown trees (not bare root or root ball) and will be supplied in
50L pot, 7ft (inc. pot) specimen £299.99
||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.
12L pot, approx. 8ft-9ft (inc. pot) single stem, £79.99
Acacia bailyana purpurea - Blue Acacia Tree
Acacia baileyana is a very beautiful feather leaf acacia
which has distinct soft blue leaves. Golden flowers in summer. More tender than
dealbata, so protect with fleece if below -4C.
(shipped at 9ft ) £99.99 (E)
( 2 only)
Acacia pravissima - Weeping Acacia Tree
Please see our Jungle Plants
||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.
5L pot (just repotted) approx. 2-3ft specimens £24.99 (A)
10L pot approx. 5ft specimens £49.99 (B)
25L 8ft inc. pot
specimen £179.99 (E)
||Albizzia julibrissin SUMMER
CHOCOLATE - Red Leaf Silk Tree
For the first time this year we are pleased to be
offering in VERY limited numbers the new RED LEAF silk tree, Albizzia
Summer Chocolate. Leaves of this silk tree unfurl green and then turn
to deep burgundy red in the summer sun. Deep pink flowers in late
summer as the leaves are at their darkest. A truly spectacular form of
silk tree, hardy in a sheltered location.
7L (just repotted) approx. 4ft inc. pot £39.99 (B)
|Betula utilis jacquemontii ' SNOW QUEEN'
White stemmed Himalayan Birch
The white stemmed Himalayan Birch has been the darling of the Chelsea
Flower Show for the last 2 years, and when you see one up close, you
understand why! They are simply stunning in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and
especially Winter. Young branches begin an ordinary brown colour, but as
the trees mature, this peels back to reveal a brilliant snow white
underbark. Contrast this with the greens of exotic foliage of palms and
cordylines, or compliment the Himalayn Birch with the vivid red, orange,
and yellow stems of Dogwood and you will have the best Winter display
Himalayan Birch are completely hardy, and will tolerate most soils -
they are ideal for a small, medium, or large garden, and can be pruned
to shape. They will not damage the house foundations, so can be planted
quite close to the home - alternatively, why not plant them in
containers and have a patio display of these magnificent trees. The wind
rustling through the leaves in Spring and Summer will really make a
patio come to life.
9ft (inc. pot) , approx. 1/2inch-3/4inch diameter , £69.99 (B)
||Betula pendula - Silver
The Silver Birch is still one of my very favourite trees, with beautiful,
shimmering foliage in the growing season, which rustles in the slightest
breeze and looks like a delicate waterfall of green and silver. Catkins of
brown and gold cascade from the tree in Winter, and when only a little older,
this tree has magnificent bark for all year round interest. This tree can
be pruned to be kept at any height in your garden (even as a bonsai!) - don't
be afraid to plant a large growing tree in a small garden - as long as they
are pruned every Winter they can be grown with ease. However, as a PATIO TREE,
Silver Birch are superb - you can move it around the patio to screen areas,
and the shimmering foliage make a nice contrast to pot bamboo. Container
grown trees can be planted ANY time of the year.
10L pot 6ft specimens at £24.99
||Betula pendula YOUNGII -
If you only ever have one tree as a pot specimen on
your patio, then this must be it! The fabulous WEEPING Silver Birch tree
is quite unlike any other, with its beautiful weeping branches. Having
three or four of these wonderful trees in a semi-circle around your
seating area or barbecue really creates an atmosphere of calm and
tranquility, with the breeze catching the delicate leaves which twinkle
and shimmer silver and green. Oranges and yellow autumn foliage follow
25L pot, 9ft specimens (shipped at 9ft) at
( 2 only)
||Catalpa bignoides nana - Golden
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 top grafted DWARF
specimens which should stay below 6-7ft.
10L pot approx. 4.5ft DWARF specimens at £49.99
||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.
10L pot approx. 4.5ft DWARF specimens at £49.99
Please see our JAPANESE PLANTS section -
||Cercis Forest Pansy
The much sought after Cercis candensis Forest Pansy, has unique and very unusual heart shaped leaves that are purple
and red in Spring and summer, turning to fire red in autumn. This small,
slow growing tree, is an ideal subject for the smaller garden or as a potted
Always a talking point, the Forest Pansy can be used in most garden styles,
and they fit in well into the Exotic and Japanese garden because of their colour and leaf
6ft specimens inc. pot £69.99 (E)
||Corylus contorta -
An unusual and exciting plant, the green twisted hazel is grown for its
wonderful naturally twisted stems and large, floppy contorted and rounded leaves,
and hanging catkins. This
is a very structural plant, but also an unusual one, and is not out of place
in the jungle, and exotic style garden. It is also a favourite with flower
arrangers, with its remarkable stems.
15Litre pot, 5.5ft-6ft specimens
species - Japanese Temple Cedars
Please see our JAPANESE PLANTS section - click
|ITALIAN CYPRESS - cupressus sempivirens
That classic Italian garden look is captured beautifully only by
the spectacular Italian Cypress. Instantly creating that sculptured,
expensive, designer image, these beautiful trees can be used in a formal
garden, as a regal screen, or as a specimen container tree on a patio.
Always the darling of the Chelsea flower shows, they shine in any formal
effect garden. The photo shows some of the actual specimens on offer
(taken in May).
approx. 9ft (inc.
pot) specimens £149.99 (E)
(10 in stock)
|Cupressus goldcrest wilma - Golden Lemon Scented Conifer
Cupressus wilma is almost identical to the above species,
but with a slightly tighter shape and more of a lemony colour in season.
The top photo shows our 3.5ft specimens and the lower photo shows our 4ft-5ft
pot , 3ft-40inch specimens
7L pot , approx.
pot) specimens (shown in bottom photo) £39.99
||Forsythia Spring Glory
A must for the cottage garden, forsythia is one of the earliest shrubs
to flower in late winter or early spring and produces a mass of golden
yellow flowers all over this strong growing large bush or small tree. .
Fast growing, it can be pruned to any shape to keep large or small. The
Spring Glory hybrid has twice the number of blooms and the flowers are a
beautiful lemon yellow.
10L pot, 5ft specimen £29.99 (B)
||Gingko biloba - Japanese Maidenhair Tree
We are privileged to offer these living fossils, which date back
hundreds of millions of years. A unique and unusual tree which has fan
shaped leaves turning a mouth watering honey yellow in autumn. The Ginkgo
is an extraordinary tree, bathed in mysticism and revered in Japan where
some specimens still growing are over 900 years old.
This Gingko tree makes an ideal addition to the Japanese style garden -
please see our JAPANESE PLANTS selection, click
9L pot approx
3.5ft-4ft inc. pot £29.99 (B)
ILEX AQUIFOLIUM - Green Holly
Evergreen. The common variety of holly that is an ideal barrier against
unwanted visitors to the garden, or can be used in topiary forms.
See our HEDGING section for
sizes available: click here
|Juniperus 'BLUE ARROW' - PENCIL COLUMNAR BLUE CONIFER
This is not only one of our most popular conifers, but also one of my
favourites. Juniper 'Blue Arrow' is a columnar conifer, which means it
grows high and slim, making an extremely archetectural specimens. Blue
Arrow is VERY straight and narrow, in fact almost as elegant as an
Italian Cypress, but with the benefit of having beautiful, shimmering,
light blue foliage. This conifer is EVERGREEN, so you will keep this
blue foliage all through the depths of Winter - it is totally unaffected
by wind, frost, ice - even in a pot. The top photo shows some of the
5litre specimens in stock (click on picture to enlarge).ALL SIZES ARE
POT GROWN (not rootballed) so can be planted any time of year.
5L pot, approx. 4ft (inc. pot) £24.99 (B)
7L pot, approx.
5.5ft (inc. pot) £39.99 (C)
FIVE x 7L pot, approx.
5.5ft (inc. pot) £180.00 (E)
||Juniper Blue Carpet -
Japanese Blue Creeping Juniper
A ground hugging, creeping Japanese juniper to create shape and
form around ponds and stones in the Japanese garden. Slow growing, it will form
a carpet of BLUE. Evergreen and fully hardy.
2litre specimens £5.99 (A)
10litre specimens (approx. spread of 3ft) £49.99 (B)
( 3 only)
||Juniper 'SKY ROCKET' - PENCIL
Juniper Sky Rocket is another popular columnar conifer, and , as the
name suggests, shoots upwards - slightly faster than Blue Arrow, but
easily maintained, growing 1-2ft per year in the ground. Ideal to line a
patio or pathway, as a specimen in a pot, or as a formal and sculptural
hedge. The photo shows some of the actual specimens in stock - these are
pot grown and can be planted any time of the year.
6ft (inc. pot) £39.99 (C)
|Larix decidua -
The Japanese Larch is most commonly seen as a bonsai tree, but makes a superb
project tree for Japanese style gardens, where it can be pruned and shaped into
beautiful windswept forms. Simply use wire and pruning to create a large bonsai
form, very popular in Japan.
The Japanese Larch is a deciduous tree, losing its needles in
5L pot, 3-4ft specimens £19.99
10L pot, 4ft
'S' shaped wired for cloud pruning £59.99 (B)
Starter bonsai specimen (wired branches) 2litre pot £24.99 (A)
|Magnolias - for
availability lease see our Japanese section -
Magnolias make the ideal small tree for compact sized gardens, and can
be pruned as a shrub, or as a specimen tree. They are deciduous (losing
their leaves in autumn), and are known for their incredible flower
displays in early Spring, flowers which appear BEFORE the leaves, making
the whole of the tree appear a ball of colour. They can be used as
specimen trees, planted in the garden now, or left in a pot to be used
in a patio display for early Spring. For availability, please see our
JAPANESE PLANTS section - CLICK HERE
||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.
3ft plants, 5Litre
pots - £19.99 (B)
Pinus species - please see our Japanese Plants section,
serrula Tibetan Cherry Tree
tree for any garden, the Tibetan Cherry is grown for its beautiful, peeling, red
bark, which is present all year (but looks wonderful in the winter months).
Willow green leaves are followed by small white flowers, and in the autumn,
small fruits are produced, attractive to the birds.
This is a medium to large tree, but can be kept any
height by pruning once in the winter months. It can also be grown as a
spectacular pot tree. The photos are of our actual specimens (taken in
November). These are approx. 9.5ft tall inc. pot with an approx. 1.5inch
diameter trunk in a 45litre pot - these are pot grown trees (not bare
root or root ball) and will be supplied in their pots.
45litre specimens (approx. 9.5ft inc. pot) £179.99 (E)
amabilis Bonsai Tree
We are very pleased to
be offering fa very limited number of the stunning Chinese Golden
Larches, Pseudolarix amabilis. These OUTDOOR bonsai trees have beautiful
lime green new needles in Spring, which in autumn give a magnificent
display of blazing orange. These are deciduous bonsai trees, so lose all
their needles in the dormant months, but are hardy and can be left in
the garden over winter (protect the pot and root with fleece if a hard
winter is expected). These bonsai trees are approx. 30inch-3ft inc. pot
in a 1ft tall by 8.5inch square clay bonsai display pot and have an
approx. trunk diameter of 1inch-1.5inch, with an approx. 18inch-2ft
spread of branches. The pictures show some of the actual bonsai trees on
offer ( top one taken in April, bottom one in October). PLEASE NOTE:
these are deciduous bonsai trees, losing all their needles in the winter
Pseudolarix Bonsai Tree £124.99 (B)
Robinia Twisty Baby
This beautiful and unusual dwarf
tree naturally forms a twisted shape, both branches and leaves twisting
and curling. These specimens are grafted, and are on DWARF
rootstock so won't take over the garden or grow into a very large tree. This is
a deciduous tree, losing all its leaves in winter.
10litre pot, 4ft- 4.5ft inc. pot - £49.99
|Rhus typhina -
Sumach trees are one
of the easiest trees to care for, and really do have that exotic feel to
them, with weeping brances of pinnate leaves to 2ft long. Stunning
autumn foliage of bright orange and red, with crimson red fruit in the winter
months. An ideal small tree for garden planting.
The photos show some of our larger
specimens (which will be available in autumn)
5Litre Pot approx. 5ft inc. pot specimens - £34.99
||Fire Fern Sumach Tree - Rhus typhina
The Fire Fern Sumach
Tree is a beautiful and very unusual
small tree that has large, fern-like foliage which is very tropical looking,
hairy red stems and branches, and red conical fruits over winter. This is
a deciduous tree, losing all it's leaves in winter, BUT before it does this,
you are given the most spectacular autumn foliage display of any tree, comparable
only to Japanese Maples and Liquidamber's! The leaves of the Fire Fern Sumach
will come ablaze with yellow, orange, gold, and even scarlet red
5litre pot, 4.5ft inc. pot specimens - £34.99
sempivirens - Californian Redwood
The very famous Californian
Redwood is the tallest tree in the world at just shy of 380ft! Plant it
in your garden to scare your neighbours and watch it go! Or
alternatively pot it into a large pot and keep it 6ft by pruning and it
makes a lovely patio tree (and you can still say you have a Californian
Redwood in your garden!) . These are fully hardy and evergreen. They
will also outlive you, and your children, and your children's children -
they can live up to 1800 years!
10litre pot, approx. 9ft-10ft inc. pot
(4 in stock)
giganteum - Giant Redwood
This is the LARGEST tree in the
world (as opposed to the TALLEST which is the Sequoia above), with a
frighteningly large diameter trunk when mature! Again, beautiful if kept
in a pot or pruned to keep shaped. Evergreen.
10litre pot, approx. 5ft inc. pot
Taxodium distichum -
An usual deciduous conifer,
famous for its ability to grow in swampland , this beautiful tree makes
a fabulous statement in any garden, and while it can survive in a dry
environment it will do best in a wet or even waterlogged place in the
garden. Fast growing in water, so keep pruned if you want a small tree,
or can be left to grow to 30m. They also make excellent wired trees for
bonsai shapes. Stunning autumn colour or orange, yellow, and brown.
7litre pot, 5ft specimen - £39.99