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 Gaulois
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.
This is the newer variety of acacia dealbata which is called 'Gaulois
Astier' - in our opinion, this is a much better form; it keeps its leaves much
better in winter, and has denser, bushier growth which is slightly darker green.
It also flowers at a very early age.
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.
7L (just repotted), approx. 3ft-3.5ft inc. pot £24.99 (B)
35L pot, approx. 9ft-10ft (inc. pot) £124.99
Acacia baileyana purpurea 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. More tender than dealbata,
so protect with fleece if below -4C.
5L approx 42inches (inc. pot) £29.99 (B)
Acacia melanoxolyn - Blackwood Acacia Tree
Acacia mealanoxolyn is a rarely offered, HARDY, beautiful Acacia
tree that can be grown outdoors in most parts of the UK. Acacia
melanoxolyn is a fast growing Acacia, with lovely dark grey bark when mature,
and fascinating delicate Acacia leaves when young. Young strap leaves followed
by feather leaf foliage.
10L pot , approx. 5ft (inc. pot)
20L pot (just repotted) , approx. 9ft-10ft (inc. pot) £124.99 (E)
(3 in stock)
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.
12L pot 9ft-10ft (inc. pot)
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 Evey's Pride -
Burgundy Leaf Silk Tree
A new form of the Silk Tree - with leaves that are green in
Spring and then turn
to Burgundy Red in the summer months. Very hardy at this size
and a stronger grower than the species.
20litre pot approx. 6ft-6.5ft (inc. pot) £139.99 (E)
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.
7L pot (just repotted) approx. 2ft-2.5ft
(inc. pot) single stem £29.99 (B)
10L pot (just repotted) approx. 7ft (inc.
stem £79.99 (E) £79.99 (E)
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.
3L pot approx. 4ft inc. pot
(single stem) £39.99 (B)
(19 in stock)
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 -
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.
5L pot DWARF approx. 5ft inc. pot
(top grafted) £59.99 (C)
||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 (top grafted) £59.99 (C)
||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.
10litre (approx 40-45inch) £39.99 (B)
30litre (approx 4.5ft inc. pot, just repotted) £79.99 (E)
( 4 in stock)
30litre (approx 5ft inc. pot) £129.99 (E)
( 5 in stock)
30litre (approx 5.5ft-6ft inc. pot) £149.99 (E)
( 2 in stock)
virgata - New Zealand Silver Netting Bush
unusual and distinctive evergreen hardy shrub has naturally twisting
branches with small silvery blue leaves, and in late Spring to early
Summer shows small yellow flowers. Always a talking point, these look
beautiful in patio pots, or planted in Jungle or Exotic gardens with
tree ferns and palms, or is quite at home in a cottage style garden with
Growing only to 5-6ft, it can be pruned
back to form a small mound, or even an unusual hedge, or use as a
The photos show some of our large 10litre
10L pot , approx. 3.5ft-4ft inc. pot (approx.
28inch spread) £39.99 (B)
virgata Frosted Chocolate
beautiful variety of Corokia has chocolate red leaves in Autumn/Winter.
7L pot , approx.
3ft inc. pot £29.99 (B)
Frances Bleu - Dwarf Gum Tree
pleased to be offering for the first time this year (in very limited
quantity) some of the brand new Eucalyptus Frances Bleu - this is a very
new plant recently introduced which has the beautiful steel blue foliage
of the Eucalyptus gunni but stays dwarf between 7ft-8ft! Very hardy to
-10C it will need no maintenance and just requires a free draining bed.
15L pot , approx. 3ft inc. pot £49.99 (B)
||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.
12L pot (just repotted) , approx. 7ft inc. pot
nicholii - Willow Leaf Gum Tree/ Black Peppermint Gum Tree
The beautiful and uncommon
Willow-leaf Eucalyptus nicholii are very distinctive with their willow
strap leaves and reddish bark in the Winter months. Known as the Black
Peppermint Gum; when the leaves are crushed they produce a peppermint aroma.
Fast growing and very hardy.
10L pot, 6ft-
7ft (inc. pot) £79.99 (E)
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.
12L pot, 7ft
parvula (parviflora) - Small Leaf Gum Tree
parvula (sometimes called Eucalyptus parvifolia) are known as the
Small Leaf Gum Tree due to their small green/blue foliage (different to
Eucalyptus gunni). They produce lovely smooth peeling grey-green bark
10L pot, 6ft-
7ft (inc. pot) £79.99 (E)
pauciflora - Gum Tree
variety of Eucalyptus has a lovely mix of blue, grey and green tones,
with a peeling blue / grey trunk when older. Evergreen and reliably
hardy in the UK, our specimens are UK grown and we have had this variety
down to -12C in the past. Known the world over for it's healing
properties, if you snap a leaf in half you can instantly smell the
strong fragrance of the Eucalyptus.
7L pot , approx. 6ft inc. pot
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.
5L pot approx. 5ft inc. pot £39.99
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.
12L pot (approx.3ft inc. pot)
(2 in stock)
||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.
We are offering large plants in 25L pots which are on
5ft by 2ft frames shown in the picture to the left (taken in September).
25L pot on 5ft by 2ft frame £89.99 (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.
7Litre pot £29.99 (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)
Magnolia grandiflora 'Brackens
Magnolia grandiflora is a beautiful
evergreen Magnolia with large ovate glossy leaves, ideal for both the
Jungle style garden and the Japanese style garden, please see our
Japanese Plants section.
|Musa basjoo- Hardy Japanese 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.
7Litre pot , 12inch-15inch trunk
SUPPLIED AS BARE TRUNK IN WINTER (no leaves) (B) £29.99
28inch-30inch trunk SUPPLIED AS BARE TRUNK IN WINTER (no leaves) £69.99
15Litre pot ,
3ft trunk SUPPLIED AS BARE TRUNK IN WINTER (no leaves) £79.99 (C)
|Musella lasiocarpa - Hardy
Chinese Banana Tree
The Chinese Lotus Banana, Musella
lasiocarpa is also considered hardy in the UK. This type of banana
plant won't produce fruit in the UK but, after 5-6 years will produce a
spectacular very large golden lotus like flower as shown in the top
photo which can last up to 6 months!
growing in Spring and Summer, you will lose the leaves to frost, but
providing you wrap some horticultural white fleece around the trunk for
Winter it will shoot again from last years growth becoming larger each
The bottom photo shows some of our 12litre specimens
in August. Will be cut back in the Winter / Spring months.
12Litre pot (B) £35.00
(16 in stock)
20Litre pot £49.99 (C)
(5 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.
5litre (approx. 3ft-3.5ft inc. pot) £29.99 (A)
||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.
5Litre pot approx. 40inch
inc. pot, 10inch head standard
||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.
approx.4.5ft inc. pot (approx. 12inch trunk) £139.99 (E)
30litre approx. 5FT
inc. pot (approx. 1ft trunk) £159.99 (E)
(10 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. 8ft-9ft inc. pot, 3ft-4ft spread) - £145.00
filifera is a fabulous exotic looking plant for the garden, hardy to
about -10C if planted in free draining soil. Spikey, evergreen leaves
are followed in August by tall spires of white bell flowers. We are
offering, for the first time, some fabulous older specimens which are
TRUNKED (you very rarely see them with trunks!).
The photos show some of the actual specimens on offer .
This is a large Yucca, approx. 52-54inches tall inc. pot, with a trunk
which is approx. 15-22inches tall and 3-3.5inches diameter.
30litre (approx. 5ft inc. pot)
||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)