Rhododendron Sir Edmund Hillary
A living memorial to Sir Edmund Hillary, this rhododendron was grown from a seed sent from the Queen of Nepal in the 1970’s. Its a spectacular variety, flowering very early in Spring with eyecatching bright red clusters. The well-formed trunk displays unique blood-red trusses, and the attractive foliage is silver-backed. Estimated fullgrown height is 1.5m.
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Olea ‘el greco’
The Olea ‘el greco’ is an ancient species that is slow-growing and has a compact form, so would be ideal for screening or shelter. Its thin leaves gives a highly textured appearance making it equally suitable as a garden feature tree. The knobbly trunk and silvery leaves will offer authenticity and character to your landscape, plus a hint of Mediterranean flavor. Reliable crops with small fruits that have high oil content. Will tolerate dry and windy conditions.
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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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The Vulcan is a stunning, striking variety of the Magnolias. Blooming in late winter to early spring, in a proud display of large robust flowers in a brilliantly rich purple/red hue. The intricate texture and perfect form of each fragrance bloom is a reminder of the beauty of nature itself. This deciduous tree is upright in form, so is a great option in a city scene with restricted space.
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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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Platinus acerifolia. London Plane Tree
The London Plane Tree grows to a very large tree and can live for an immensely long time. Often seen as pollarded street trees and used also as peaching and flat topped specimens the Plane Tree can be very heavily and brutally reduced each autumn to reduce the eventual size.
The motley, speckled bark of the London Plane Tree is a testament to its age and gives the tree wonderful character.
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Common Name: Evergreen Cork Oak
Large growing, short stemmed, wide spreading tree native to the Mediterranean . Very thick corky bark is harvested off trees at least 25 years of age for wine corks and tiling .This tree tolerates hot dry sites and is found growing on very hilly country in the Mediterranean unsuited to other crops. A wonderful tree in a well drained and hot courtyard. A tree worthy of a place in a interactive setting where children can tack things to the deep fissured bark. Frost and coastal hardy.
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Fagus ‘sylvatica’ . Riversii
Common Name: Rivers Copper Beech
Possibly the most splendid of all the selection of English Beeches, the Rivers Copper Beech has outstanding features. The gorgeous foliage of large deep purple leaves hold their display through the summer. In autumn the foliage drops and presents that pretty calendar-worthy autumnal scene of vibrant ground colour. This species will reach a mature height of 10-15m with a large handsome dome shaped form.
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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.