Trees

This page lists many of the trees that I’ve written about on pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on each plant page to discover more information and find every article which mentions that particular tree.

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Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’ is a small tree with a slim and naturally upright habit that’s a popular choice for small gardens – thanks to this plant’s fastigiated, narrow vertical growth. A number of years ago, I planted this lovely tree in my own garden; I’ve…

The Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is one of our most recognisable UK native trees with its glorious silvery-white bark and dainty green leaves.  We’re not the only ones to have an affinity with Betula pendula, this stunning tree is a native plant of many countries…

Betula pendula FASTIGIATA JOES (‘Jolep 1’) is a tall – 16.5ft (5m) or more, yet very narrow tree, which produces upright growth, which will grow no wider than 3ft (1m) across, making this tree a super choice for a small garden. All too often, I see…

Corylus avellana is a wonderful shrub or tree that in the UK is commonly known as hazel.  I absolutely adore Corylus avellana, it’s one of my favourite plants; I’d encourage almost anyone to grow this fantastic shrub, tree, or hedge!  A native tree of many…

Fagus sylvatica is the botanical name for Beech trees.  Beech are one of our UK native trees; they can be found across Europe.  Fagus sylvatica forms majestic trees that can be used as hedging or as very handsome specimen trees.  Although these trees are deciduous,…

Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’ forms a tree with pendulous branches that stretch outwards and then hang rather decoratively.  The boughs grow out from the top of the trunk, they become further outstretched as the tree matures, but even the branches of young plants reach all the…

Figs, also known by their botanical name of Ficus carica, are wonderfully beautiful shrubs or trees, that produce delicious, parthenocarpic fruits in summer and early autumn.  In the UK, figs grown outdoors produce one crop of figs a year, but when the same fig plant…

Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree, often known by its common name of the maidenhair tree.  Many writers describe Ginkgo biloba as a living fossil, as these trees have been growing on the planet since before the time of the dinosaurs.  Ginkgo biloba is the last…

Ilex is the latin name for the genus of plants we often refer to as hollies.  This is an interesting and diverse group of plants, that includes evergreen and deciduous plants, that form small shrubs, tall trees, and everything in between – depending on the…

Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ is a female, evergreen holly, that produces orange-red berries in autumn and winter time.

Ilex aquifolium is the commonest holly we have in the UK; plants can be found growing both in the wild and as cultivated, garden plants.  This holly species can be used as container plants, for hedging, or grown as specimen trees.  Ilex aquifolium is native…

Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a female holly, with beautiful, glossy, dark green, spiny leaves, which feature a beautiful cream variegation to their leaf margins.  If there’s a male holly nearby, this cultivar produces red berries in autumn and winter.  Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata…

Ilex crenata is a holly, but it’s so different to the more widely known holly tree which has much larger leaves, like other hollies, Ilex crenata is a slow growing evergreen shrub.  Ilex crenata has tiny leaves, the shrub creates a naturally dense form, which is…

Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is a slow growing Japanese holly, with a naturally upright, columnar habit, that grows to 3 – 5 meters (10 – 16ft) tall. Ilex crenata (Fastigiata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is an evergreen holly, that features small, dark green, glossy leaves and…

Juniper is also known by its botanical name, Juniperus communis.  Juniperus communis is an evergreen conifer with spiky needles.  Plants are very hardy and they flourish in exposed and sheltered locations.  These plants need a bright and sunny position; Juniperus communis is happy growing in almost…

Apples, also known by their botanical name of Malus domestica, are a group of deciduous fruit trees, which originate from Asia and have been cultivated for a great many years. In the UK, apples are commonly divided into two groups: culinary or cooking apples and…

Dr Alan Warwick, a keen amateur gardener, found that one of the Malus × purpurea ‘Aldenhamensis’ plants he had grown from seed displayed a weeping habit, contrasting with the naturally upright habit of the parent plant.  Dr Warwick took the tree to Hillier Nurseries, who confirmed…

In his early forties, Hajime Matsunaga, a Japanese plant breeder, started a breeding programme to breed a dwarf mulberry.  Mr Matsunaga’s dream was realised at 89 years of age, when he grew Morus rotundiloba ‘Charlotte Russe’ (‘Matsunaga’). Mulberry ‘Charlotte Russe’ differs from other mulberries – this…

In the UK, Pinus sylvestris is often known as the Scot’s Pine.  However, Pinus sylvestris trees’ native range is extensive, this tree’s majestic kingdom stretches across Northern Europe and further afield, so goodness only knows how many common names this handsome tree has attracted –…

Prunus serrula is a rounded tree, famed for its polished, gleaming reddish-brown bark – a redeeming feature that looks good and offers interest on every single day of the year.  Also known as the Tibetan cherry, Prunus serrula produces clusters of single, white flowers in…

In the UK, Prunus spinosa is usually known by its common name – Blackthorn.  I am sure that Prunus spinosa has many common names, as this is a widespread plant that can be found growing in the wild across Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. …

Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ is a small deciduous tree, that grows to about 4 meters in height and about the same (4m or 13ft) wide.  This tree is a lovely addition to the garden, as it flowers intermittently from December until March.  

In the UK, Sambucus nigra is known as Elder.  These small trees and shrubs must have many common names, as they’re a wild plant that frequents many countries across Europe, as well as places as far afield as Western Asia and North Africa.  Sambucus nigra…

Yew is also known by its botanical name, Taxus baccata.  This is a glorious evergreen that’s versatile and accommodating.  Taxus baccata is happy to grow as a specimen tree or a hedge; plants are content to grow naturally as unpruned trees but are equally happy…

Wisteria is a genus of tall, climbing plants, that originate from China, Eastern America, and Japan. Wisteria plants produce beautiful racemes of flowers from April to August.  The flowering time and flower colour vary somewhat for each Wisteria species or cultivar grown.  Some Wisterias produce…

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