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Callicarpa psilocalyx NJM 13.057
A recent collection from Manipur, NE India, where this softly hairy large shrub to about 3m high was showing it's pearly, intense true-purple, relatively small fruit in dense clusters from every leaf axil along the arching stems. Leaves are held in opposite pairs and are comparatively large. This will probably require a fairly warm position away from winter extremes.
From creamy-yellow buds open large, Magnolia-like, fruity-scented, multi-tepalled flowers up to 11.5cm across, white with yellow and purple centres, opening from spring to mid-summer. A hybrid Allspice with complex parentage, raised in the USA. Forming a large deciduous shrub, 3x3m eventually, for any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade.
Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey'
Selected for it's truly deliciously fruity fragrance, this Carolina Allspice forms a dense, bushy, medium sized deciduous shrub with a multitude of small deep-maroon flowers borne over a long period in summer over glossy, rich-green, aromatic leaves. For any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade, apparently even tolerant of rather wet soils.
Camellia 'Night Rider'
New from New Zealand, this is a very slow growing, compact hybrid with an upright growth form. The dark green foliage emerges shiny deep-purple tinted and the mid to late spring flowers are semi-double and deep blood-red. Very suited to either garden or pot culture.
Camellia forrestii (new)
The complete opposite of the usual brash and brazen cultivars so popular in gardens, this wild S. Chinese and N. Vietnamese species bears masses of small white lightly fragrant flowers on each shoot in spring. Probably best in milder gardens or as a potted specimen, afforded a little protection in winter. A shrub, or small tree given a long time and the right conditions
Camellia sinensis (new)
Tea plant. Yup, this is where your PG Tips comes from. It is a perfectly hardy and growable plant for UK cultivation and with pleasant little white flowers in late autumn and early winter over the rich-green foliage, it is a wonder it is not planted more often. Why not grow your own tea? Makes a large shrub slowly, but can be kept in trim easily. Not for limy soil.
Xi Shu or 'Happy Tree'. Whilst tender when very young this vigorous tree from SW China develops great hardiness with age. Foliage emerges red tinted, turning green with a red stalk and midrib. Flowers are balls of white followed by attractive hemispherical green to yellow fruit clusters, maturing yellow in autumn. Related to Davidia, and in use an as anti-carcinogen.
Previously known as Chordospartium stevensonii, this is the pink flowered Weeping broom from New Zealand. Looking entirely dead when very young (straw brown shoots), this matures to be an elegant beauty, making a large shrub with weeping whipcord like branches. Racemes of lilac-pink pea flowers in summer. Hardy in sun and well drained soil.
Carpenteria californica 'Eskimo' (new)
Tree Anemone. A selected form of this July flowering, medium sized, evergreen Californian shrub, with a more compact habit and larger rounder flowers with overlapping petals. Masses of Anemone-like white flowers with golden centres over deep green leathery leaves. Best in full sun and not necessarily needing a wall, as once thought.
Carpinus caroliniana from Mexico (new)
A form from NE Mexico of this American hornbeam which is possibly different to populations from the USA and may be the form sometimes accepted as var. tropicalis. A small to medium sized perfectly hardy tree which has been a great success in Kent for many years. Similar in many ways to our native species but with richer autumn colour, sometimes red-orange.
Monkeytail Hornbeam. An exciting relatively new intro' from China, with comparatively huge leaves up to 20cm long, bronze when young, with as many as 30 prominent veins. In autumn hung with remarkable and striking pendent fruiting catkins up to 30cm long. Should make a medium sized tree in time. Quite an exceptional new species to cultivation.
Particularly rare in cultivation with merely a handful of young trees in specialist collections, this Chinese and Vietnamese hornbeam is particularly elegant, with pointed mid green leaves on a small to medium sized tree with weeping branchlets. Hardy. This collection from Shanghai Botanic Garden seed.
Carpinus fargesiana KR 8780
Particularly rare in cultivation with merely a handful of young trees in specialist collections, this Chinese and Vietnamese hornbeam is particularly elegant, with pointed mid green leaves on a small to medium sized tree with weeping branchlets. Hardy, even through the cold of 2010 etc.. This collection from Ha Giang Province, N. Vietnam.
Carpinus omeiensis KR 280
Collected originally on Mount Omei, Sichuan, by Keith Rushforth, this remains a very rare species of hornbeam in cultivation, though hardy and attractive with very slender, semi-pendant branchlets. In this collection the small elegant leaves are rich coppery red when young. A small tree to 7m maximum, though it has yet to reach that size in cultivation.
Described in Grimshaw and Bayton's 'New Trees' as "another exceptional new tree to cultivation". A very elegant small to medium sized Chinese tree with long slender, semi-pendulous shoots clad with long, pointed, strongly veined leaves, which emerge red and persist very late in the year. Hardy.
An Asian Hornbeam with a naturally weeping habit, new to cultivation, with smallish, dainty foliage, attractively coppery-red on emergence. Grows to 15m in its natural habitat. From SW China and N Vietnam growing at up to 2000m on limestone. This collection from Yunnan, China.
Pretty new on the scene, this rare hornbeam from S. Gansu and S. Shanxi, China will make a small to medium sized tree here, with neat foliage emerging deep red flushed. Fruiting clusters to 10cm long. Any reasonable soil. Hardy.
Carpinus tschonoskii BBJMT 297
A Far Eastern hornbeam making a small to medium sized hardy tree in cultivation. Like most hornbeams this is an elegant, understated tree with simple features; the leaves are finely serrated and with conspicuous venation. The pale grey bark is marked all over with vertical darker 'stretch marks'. Very hardy and tolerant.
Carpinus turczaninowii var. turczaninowii Farrer 331 (new)
These are propagations from the original 1914 Farrer introduction at Highdown, where it has made a very beautiful rounded tree to 11m tall, the branches pendulous at their tips. Dainty small leaves on slender stems emerge red-tinted, turning orange and russet in autumn. An altogether elegant deciduous tree, this will remain relatively small for many years.
Carrierea calycina PW 84
This great rarity from Sichuan, China is virtually never available commercially, though is perfectly growable and flowers well in my garden here. A vigorous hardy tree, eventually of medium size with handsome dark green foliage on red petioles and attractive, creamy-white, fruit scented lantern-like flowers in early summer. Related to Idesia and Poliothyrsis.
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