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 ornamental cherries, silk trees,
& acacia. Please note that all sizes
include the pot.
CHERRIES - click here
|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
Please see our Jungle Plants
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)
||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.
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)
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)
(20 in stock)
||Amelanchier candenensis -
The Snow Berry, Amelanchier canadensis is a small tree or large shrub grown
for its beautiful, fragrant white display of flowers in the Spring months.
Hundreds of star white fragrant flowers cover the tree in March / April which
are then followed by bronze leaves turning to dark green and then to a beautiful
autumn display of orange and reds.
The Snow Berry is an ideal small tree for the small garden or patio, and
it is very drought tolerant even in a pot. With its pure white display it
makes a perfect small tree for the country or cottage garden.
5L approx. 5ft inc. pot £29.99 (B)
- Chilean Pine
One of the most bizarre (but beautiful) of all the evergreen conifers, is
the Monkey Puzzle Tree, Araucaria araucana. So spectacular are forests of
Monkey Puzzle Trees, that this species has been declared a National Monument
of Chile, where it originates. The species itself is thought to be
over sixty million years old, making these trees living fossils.
Very slow growing, the leaves of the Monkey Puzzle Tree are 'scale-like',
dark green, and stiffly pointed, like the skin of some reptile! Growing
to some 70ft eventually, a mature Monkey Puzzle is a sight to behold! They can,
of course, be kept to any height, and make ideal pot trees.
The to the left photos show some of the actual trees on offer,
these are small 18inch-22inch (inc. pot) trees in 3litre pots.
3L pot approx. 18inch-22inch (inc. pot) £29.99 (B)
(2 in stock)
- Hoop Pine (INDOOR BONSAI TREE)
We are very pleased to be offering for the first time the
wonderful Hoop Pine, which is of the Araucaria family (the monkey puzzle
trees are the most well known of the Araucarias, but this is very
different!). These are wonderful slow growing conifers ideally suited to
bonsai which form natural 'hoop' trunks with delicate evergreen foliage
that weeps down.
Very easy to care for: they require NO
DIRECT SUNLIGHT (so keep them in an east facing window, or in the middle
of the house away from windows) and KEPT MOIST - if above a radiator
then make sure you water on a regular basis.
The photos show some of the actual bonsai
on offer, these are approx. 18inches inc. pot in a 9.5inch hexagonal
plastic bonsai display pot and have an approx. 8-10inch spread.
to go to our bonsai tree selection.
|Betula utilis jacquemontii
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-10ft (inc. pot) , multi-stem, pot grown £124.99
||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 £29.99
(1 in stock)
||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
12L pot, 10ft inc. pot, approx. 1cm-2cm trunk girth,
just potted (shipped at 9ft-10ft) £124.99 (F)
||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 approx. 4ft inc. pot
5L pot DWARF approx. 4.5ft inc. pot
||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.
5L/7L pot approx. 4ft DWARF specimens
(more in Spring 2020)
Please see our JAPANESE PLANTS section -
|Cercis Forest Pansy
The much sought after Cercis canadensis 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
specimen. 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
shape. The photo to the left shows one of our 15litre specimens.
15Litre pot, 5ft
inc. pot, multi-stem £69.99 (C)
|Cercis canadensis Ruby
Falls (Weeping Forest Pansy)
Only one tree is more beautiful than the Forest Pansy above and
it is this, the stunning weeping version 'Ruby Falls'.
A compact dwarf form, it is ideal for small gardens, with red
heart shaped leaves in Spring, changing to burgundy in Summer and reds and
purples in Autumn.
It will also flower on bare stems in Spring with purple flowers.
We have some stunning 6ft specimens with 2ft-3ft spread of
weeping branches in stock now (shown to the left).
20Litre pot, 6.5ft specimens inc. pot (2ft-3ft
(4 in stock)
||Corylus contorta (Twisted
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 beautiful hanging catkins in Winter. This
is a very structural plant, but also an unusual one, and is not out of place
in the jungle, cottage, and Japanese style garden. It is also a favourite with flower
arrangers, with its remarkable contorted stems.
Corylus contorta is a deciduous plant, losing all its leaves in
the winter months, but the twisted and contorted branches add interest all year
round with long hanging catkins in Winter.
15Litre pot, 4.5ft
inc. pot £59.99 (C)
species - Japanese Temple Cedars
Please see our JAPANESE PLANTS section - click
|Cupressus wilma - Golden Lemon Scented Conifer
Cupressus wilma is a GOLDEN specimen conifer, that
naturally grows into a cone shaped column confier. It shines golden
yellow, and holds its foliage through the harshest of winters. It is
much easier to maintain than the common Box columns you often see, does
not suffer from Box diseaeses, and does not 'burn' like Box and other
conifers often can.
Ideal in a pot, or plant them in your lawn, this specimen conifer will
only need clipping once a year to maintain an even shape and this unique
form of GOLDEN CONFIER also has a LEMON SCENT when you rub your hands
through it or brush against it!
These beautiful conifers are fully hardy OUTDOORS all year round, and
will be evergreen throughout the winter.
pot , 40inch (inc. pot) specimens £24.00 (A)
7L pot , approx.
(6 in stock)
|Davidia involcrata - Paper
Handkerchief Tree / Chinese Ghost Tree
We are pleased to be offering for only the second time in our 19 years as a nursery,
large specimens of the beautiful
Paper Handkerchief Tree / Chinese Ghost Tree, Davidia involucrata. These beautiful, delicate
trees are grown for their remarkable white bracts in Spring which resembles paper handkerchiefs!
The leaves are also a beautiful heart shaped, red/ purple in Spring, green in
Summer and turning orange and yellow in the Autumn, with a lovely spicy
fragrance.Fully hardy, it is a small to medium size tree growing to 20ft by 12ft
spread in 20 years
The bottom photo to the left shows some of the actual trees on
offer taken in September before the leaves drop in Autumn.
12L pot approx. 5ft (inc. pot) £79.99 (E)
|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 our larger 25L 8-9ft specimens.
approx. 4ft-5ft (inc. pot) £39.99 (B)
approx. 9-10ft (inc. pot) £124.99 (B)
|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 3ft specimens and the lower photo shows our 4ft-5ft
pot , 32inch-3ft (inc. pot) specimens £19.99 (B)
7L pot , approx.
We stock a range of Eucalyptus throughout the year, please see our
Jumgle Plants section of the website for latest availability -
||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
This Gingko tree makes an ideal addition to the Japanese style garden -
please see our JAPANESE PLANTS selection, click
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.
7L pot, approx.
6ft (inc. pot) £34.99 (C)
||Juniper Blue Carpet /
Green Carpet -
Japanese Blue/Green 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 or GREEN Evergreen and fully hardy. Please see our
Japanese Plants section.
||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.
5ft (inc. pot) £24.99 (B)
|Larix kaempferi /
Larix decidua -
EUROPEAN LARCH / JAPANESE LARCH
Please see our Japanese Plants section for our selection of
beautiful larches, from weeping, 's' shaped, bonsai, and globe.
Liquidamber are grown for their beautiful maple like leaves and Autumn
foliage colour - they are large growing trees but can be pruned and kept
at any height.
'Slender Silhouette' is a newer hybrid which is ideal for small
gardens as it grows like a column and has stunning Autumn foliage of red, yellow
and orange and also produces golf ball size fruits.
The top photo shows some of the actual trees available,
taken in Summer.
15litre pot, (approx. 7ft
|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
Outdoor Hardy Bonsai Tree
The apple tree makes a superb upright form bonsai tree and will
produce apples in a good year which may hand from the tree well into
winter. Pink or white blossom in Spring, green foliage in Spring and
Summer, turning colour in autumn. Hardy. Our speciemns are approx. 6
years old and are approx. 15inches tall (inc. pot) in a plastic round
pot which is 10inches in diameter, and these trees have an approx.
spread of 12inches with 3/4-1inch diameter main trunks. The photos
show some of the actual trees, taken mid September.
to go to our bonsai tree selection.
Redwood) Outdoor Hardy Bonsai Tree
These OUTDOOR hardy Dawn Redwood bonsai
trees have beautiful green new needles in Spring, which in autumn give a
magnificent display of blazing yellows and 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).
The photos show some of the ACTUAL TREES
available (golden brown needles in Autumn, green needles in Spring and
Summer). These bonsai trees are approx. 30inch-3ft inc. pot in a 9inch
deep by 9inch diameter china bonsai display pot and have an approx.
trunk diameter of 3/4inch to 1inch, with an approx. 14-16inch spread of
branches. They have lovely peeling bark.
to go to our bonsai tree selection.
||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)
||PHOTINIA RED ROBIN
Evergreen. Beautiful red Spring foliage. Becoming very popular as an
exotic and unusual hedge is the beautiful Photinia Red Robin. This fully
hardy EVERGREEN plant grows to only 10ft, and can be clipped to any
height to form a dense hedge. The Photinia is grown for its superb
Spring foliage of fire red which blazes across each plant for a
spectacular display. These plants can be used in the exotic garden as
stand alone shrubs and bushes, or can be planted 2-3ft apart to form a
(5ft-6ft inc. pot) £49.99
Pinus species - please see our Japanese Plants section,
amabilis Bonsai Tree
We are very pleased to
be offering a 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
to go to our bonsai tree selection.
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 approx. 50inch inc. pot,
just repotted - £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.
10Litre Pot approx. 4ft-4.5ft inc. pot
10Litre Pot approx. 6ft inc. pot
10Litre Pot - older specimens - approx. 6ft-7ft inc. pot
||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
10Litre Pot approx.4ft- 5ft inc. pot
chrysocoma - Golden Weeping Willow
The beautiful golden weeping willow is seen in country parks and
on riverbanks throughout the country and is truly one of our most spectacular
trees - golden foliage in Spring, turning green in Summer and then lovely shades
of orange and yellow in the Autumn.
Water loving, it is ideal in a moist location and can be kept
any height and shape by wiring and pruning, or let it grow into a magnificent
specimen tree. It can also be grown as a patio tree in a pot (but you need to
water it well every day!)
12litre pot approx. 6ft inc. pot - £59.99
25litre pot approx. 9-10ft inc. pot - £124.99
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!
7litre pot, approx. 3ft inc. pot
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.
pot, approx. 3.5ft inc. pot
Sorbus Autumn Spire - Columnar
An upright growing form of the
Rowan Tree ideal for lining pathways and driveways, this elegant tree
will produce clusters of white flowers in Summer followed by beautiful
yellow berries in the Autumn months which are beneficial to wildlife.
This is a compact deciduous tree.
7ft-8ft 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
Tsuga candensis -
Please see our