Caring For TREES

Ornamental and Flowering Trees for General Garden Planting

Trees are essential for even the smallest garden, for they provide us with shade in the summer and with form and symmetry on which the eye rests with pleasure at all times of the year.

In this section we list a selection of the best trees for normal garden planting – both the popular and the rare – all carefully grown and at reasonable prices. All the trees here will grow in any normal soil and need no special conditions or soil.

We grow many more varieties in quantities too small to mention. These will be displayed on the Garden Centres as they become available.

A tree is defined as a ‘woody perennial with a distinct trunk’ and includes subjects that, although only a few feet high when sold, ultimately form trees, e.g., Liquidambar.


Std: Standard tree. This has a stem of 5-6 ft and a well developed head, and will be

between 3 and 5 years old.

1/2-Std: Half-standard tree. Similar to the above, but with a stem of 3-4 ft.

Fthd: Feathered tree. A tree with a single stem which will make a standard if required. If a

standard is required the young shoots should be allowed to remain on the tree until the stem has made the required height, and then be trimmed off. Fastigiate trees are always offered as feathered trees, as they are best in this form, even for street planting. Feathered trees are not necessarily younger or smaller than standard trees, but have not been trimmed to give a clear stem.

P.g.: Pot grown. These will normally be between 1 and 2 ft when sold and are grown in

pots as they do not transplant successfully from the open ground, or because young trees are normally only available. Pot grown trees should be treated with care, and the root ball should not be disturbed in the planting.

Multi-: A tree with two or more branches arising from ground level; a form of tree stemmed particularly in favour where a more natural effect is required, e.g., multi-stemmed Silver Birch or Cotoneasier x watererii, Exburiensis, etc.


We recommend that all trees should be well staked and tied when planting

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