Magnolia ‘Denudata’ -Gere
Its no surprise the Magnolia Denudata has been described as one of the most beautiful of the Magnolias. While the final cold weeks of winter persist this deciduous tree gently reveals the delicate beauty of Spring, becoming laden with flowers upon its stark bare branches, a promise for the arrival of the approaching warmer season. Its fragrant flowers are cupped upright in a soft ivory colour, starting as a tight bud and continually opening wider and fuller through its blossoming weeks. The Magnolia Denudata is native to central and eastern China.
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Acer ‘palmatum’. Dissectum syn Atropurpurea
This outstanding 80 year old specimen of red weeping Japanese Maple is a breathtaking natural wonder that we are very fortunate although reluctant to offer for sale. There is an awe-inspiring beauty within this tree which is only developed with the irreplaceable factor of time. Year upon year of character-building has rewarded this specimen with maturity and solidity that reflects absolute magnificence. The incredible intertwined trunk formation weaves and mazes its way upward with each branch seeming to have a mind entirely of its own. The wonderful textures and patterns it displays are a testament to its age.
Acer ‘Palmatum’. Atropurpurea is one of the most highly regarded types of Japanese Maple, with year-round beauty. In spring the flushed red foliage at its summit cascades down to lovely fresh hues of yellows, oranges, and vibrant greens, then mingles into lower leaves of deep mauve. Summer brings a very dark crimson, almost black red, without the common summer ‘bronze-out’ of many of its other cultivars. Autumn is its crowning glory as it displays a full coverage of brilliant bonfire red.
The Japanese Maples have an aura of antiquity and are identifiable by their compact shape and attractively sculptural branching habit. They are a true collector plant due to the degree of difference between one plant and another. For many years Japan had a rich tradition of finding, collecting, catergorizing, naming, propagating and exhibiting the numerous varieties of Japanese Maples, this is known as ‘The Edo period’ [1600-1700ad]. The Japanese maple became the heart of garden design in the early 1900s when North America and Eurpope discovered Japan and its prolific nurseries.
The form of this particular tree is exceptionally stunning in character and we can well imagine it situated in a raised focal point in a sheltered courtyard where the internal branching structure is easily visible and best enjoyed. This graceful tree could also beautifully compliment large scale water features such as ponds and streams. Some suggested companion shrubs and trees would be small ornamental confiers, cercis varieties, rhododendrons, and camellias.
Most certainly the oldest tree currently for sale in New Zealand, it deserves a grand location and an appreciating audience. The new owner will be privileged to possess one of natures finest masterpieces.
Acer palmatum ‘osakazuki’
Common Name: Japanese Maple
This beautiful tree has a striking form and would create a bold impression as a large lawn specimen or point-of-arrival tree. This cultivar is considered to have the brightest crimson and scarlet autumn colours of all the Japanese Maples. New growth is a pinky bronze colour that turns into medium to large lobed green leaves. The Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ is a cultivar of the Acer ‘palmatum’. Moderately wind hardy. A robust upright spreader.
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Cercis canadensis ‘forest pansy’
Common Name: American redbud
This tree would suit a border garden to add colour and interest amongst such shrubs as Rhododendron, Camellias mounds of native shrubs and other perennial plants. This species boasts a magnificent foliage of large heart shaped, deep reddish-purple leaves. The bare branches in spring are adorned with clusters of small pea-shaped rosy purple flowers. A vigorous and hardy tree, prune to keep tidy.
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Common Name: Japanese Stone Pine
This stout and elegant pine species has a rugged trunk of rough dark red bark with fissures revealing a black underlay. The framework of irregular, layered horizontal branches give the trees wonderfully unique and interesting character. The Pinus ‘thunbergii’ would give fascinating dimension in an inner-city Japanese style garden; provide cultural latitude by framing an entranceway. Planted for centuries in Japan these trees can withstand heavy pruning to shape. Coastal hardy. Untrimmed growing to 30m.
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Magnolia grandiflora ‘Ferrugenia’
Common Name: Evergreen Magnolia
This popular tree is easily recognized by its iconic evergreen foliage. The large boastful leaves are a brilliantly glossy bright green which contrasts starkly with the soft rust-coloured velvety underside. beautiful leathery leaves are prized in floral arrangements. An effective combination of colours and textures, this foliage has adorned many landscapes over the years, toning in nicely with copper spouting, terracotta roof tiles, corten steel fencing, or any other infrastructure with similar tones. In late summer this Magnolia flaunts a covering of large cup-shaped ivory-coloured fragrant flowers. This sturdy tree naturally takes on an elegant round-headed shape. Magnolias can be pollarded into common shape and size to become a stunning avenue of trees or boundary line. Alternatively if preferred these trees can be left to grow untamed to become grand stately park specimens. A native of Florida and Texas. This species prefers warm moist conditions and responds well to heavy pruning.
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Pyrus calleryana ‘aristocrat’
Common Name: Ornamental Callery Pear
A pyramidal growing tree with a spectacular variety between the seasons. Summer offers glossy green leaves combined with exquisite tiny white flowers, turning into striking red foliage in autumn. Then gorgeous masses of white tiny ornamental pears blossom in the spring. This species a striking tree worthy of a central place in a large garden or corner of a courtyard. A more upright habit. Prefers well-drained friable soils. This tree can be clipped in the winter to form a formal shape in a smaller space.
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Quince trees are adaptable and hardy, performing well in all areas of New Zealand. It is a deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, but large, bright golden-yellow and aromatic. The quince has been a popular ingredient since medieval times, and though it was once considered old-fashioned it has recently made a comeback in our kitchens and backyards. The fruit is hard and tart when raw, but sweet and soft once cooked. There are many delicious uses for quince, the popular ones being quince jelly, quince paste and poached quince.
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Common Name: Cape Butter Knife Tree
A beautiful and versatile ornamental tree found in the forests of South Africa. Its striking foliage is dark green and glossy with contrasting reddish bronze new growth. The clusters of white flowers that appear in autumn are sweetly scented and attract insects and butterflies. This tree gets it common name Butterknife Tree from the unqiue little butter knife shaped new growth it produces as shown on our images. A relatively small species with a non-invasive root system, this tree would thrive if planted inside a natural water feature or is also a good choice for potting into a large pot.
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