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Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Grandiflora'

A Daphne relative from China making a small to medium, rounded, deciduous shrub up to about 1.5m tall. Densely clustered, scented, yellow flowers in nodding heads at the tips of the naked branches in late winter or early spring. Each individual flower is clothed on the outside with silvery silky hairs. This form is noticeably larger in all its parts with excellent foliage.

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Ehretia acuminata (new)

Once known as E. thyrsiflora, this hardy small, slow growing tree can be highly effective in flower in late summer, usually August, when masses of small white flowers in corymbose panicles cover the foliage. From the Himalaya to the Far East, but also from SE Asia and Australia, this is a hardy species in the UK once established though very rarely planted or offered.

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Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'

Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'

One of the silveryest of shrubs and hardier than you'll ever need it to be. Fast growing deciduous shrub forming an upright plant if you don't hack it back, which, by the way, it responds admirably to, forming a bushy dome. Sweetly scented small, creamy flowers in early summer. A sun lover, it is very drought tolerant.

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Elaeagnus parvifolia (new)

Sometimes considered a variety of E. umbellatus, this has all the qualities of the latter but with slimmer leaves. A vigorous, hardy, sweet smelling deciduous large shrub when the masses of fragrant white flowers are borne in May and June. These are followed by splendidly tasty small red fruit en masse in autumn, which look very fine combined with the leaves.

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Eleutherococcus aff. leucorrhizus PAB 8119

A semi-scandent shrub to about 2m or more, with compound palmate foliage in the style of Schefflera etc. and white flowers in terminal orbicular umbels in late summer/autumn in the style of Hedera and indeed being followed by large dense orbicular clusters of fat black berries. The stems are clad in well spaced prickles. Found at 1800m on Fanjingshan, Guizhou, China.

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Eriobotrya japonica 'Rose-Anne'

A new form, selected for hardiness on the continent. A small tree and one of great presence and exotic appearance. The evergreen leaves are corrugated, thick textured and with pale brown tomentum beneath, rich glossy green above and reach up to 30cm long. Scented white flowers in clusters produced after hot summers.

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Escallonia bifida

One of the finest shrubs for late summer and autumn flower, this makes a dense large shrub with glossy dark-green foliage. Large panicles of pure white flowers cover the foliage late in the season. Requires the shelter of a wall away from mild areas.

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Eucalyptus gregsoniana

Eucalyptus gregsoniana

The Wolgan Snow Gum is one of the most attractive of hardy gums. A hardy large shrub rather than a tree, with red newer stems contrasting beautifully with the masses of white flowers, grey-green narrow leaves and branches with grey and white flaking bark. An obscure relative of E. pauciflora, this deserves wider planting. Sun, drought tolerant.

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Eucalyptus nicholii

Eucalyptus nicholii

One of the most attractive Eucalyptus growable in the UK, this species is generally hardy over a wide area of the UK. Very narrow blue-green leaves, especially when young when they also have a purple bloom, giving a soft, fluffy effect and are highly scented of peppermint. Makes a fast growing medium sized tree here, suitable for most soil types, barring thin chalk.

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Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. debeuzevillei

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. debeuzevillei

'Jounama Snow Gum'. The hardiest of all Eucalypts, and very attractive with it, making a small tree with a low spreading crown, silvery white new shoots and thick leathery grey-green leaves like a spear head. The bark on older trees develops into a mottled mixture of cream, grey, silvery-grey and brown. Untouched by the coldest winters in the UK.

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Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila

'Snow Gum'. One of the most beautiful and certainly one of the hardiest of all Eucalypts, suffering little or no damage even in our very coldest winters. A small tree with highly ornamental smooth patchwork peeling bark in green, grey-green and cream. Leathery blue-green small leaves on white shoots. Slower growing than many, but still gets on with it.

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Eucryphia 'Miniature'

This was received as 'E. glutinosa miniature' but doesn't resemble that species at all (it's evergreen for a start), more a hybrid, with slim foliage more akin to E. lucida, but miniature it is, and newish it is. This is a slow growing, low, mound forming plant with beautifully formed cup shaped white flowers in late summer. For neutral to acid soil.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Ballerina'

A pink selection of the species found by Ken Gillanders in the forests of NW Tasmania in 1991. As usual, this makes a large evergreen shrub, or even a small tree given many years, with slim, elegant foliage, glaucous beneath. Masses of fragrant round, saucer-like flowers, pale pink with a boss of stamens crimson at their base, in July. Neutral/Acid soil.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Chaplin's Variety'

A selected form from Marwood Hill, Devon, of this large, dense, evergreen shrub or small tree with larger and more densely set flowers. Covered in Jun/Jul with fragrant, white, pendulous, round, flowers over dainty narrow foliage, glaucous beneath. Enjoys reasonable shelter and neutral/acid soil.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Dumpling'

A brand new dwarf form of this lovely Tasmanian evergreen shrub. In this variety, selected by Sarah and Julian Sutton of Devon, the plant only reaches about 1m x 1m, considerably smaller than the norm and very suitable for smaller spaces. Flowers are typical, white and fragrant, produced freely in June and July. Neutral to acid soil please.

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Eucryphia moorei

From SE Australia comes this unusual member of the genus, making a small evergreen tree in the UK with particularly attractive foliage, having up to 13 slender leaflets of the same form as some members of the genus Sorbus. Masses of white flowers, similar to E. lucida, are produced in late summer. For the milder parts of our isles, on neutral to acid soil.

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Eucryphia x hillieri 'Winton'

An evergreen hybrid between E. lucida and E. moorei, raised by chance at Hillier Nurseries of Winchester and rarely offered for sale. Resembling E. lucida in flower with beautiful cup-shaped white flowers in late summer, though more like E. moorei in leaf with pinnate foliage composed of narrow leaflets, but fewer in number. For a sunny position.

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Eucryphia x intermedia 'Rostrevor'

A superb hybrid, between E. lucida and E. glutinosa, forming an upright, columnar, densely branched evergreen shrub or small tree for neutral to acid soil. The beautiful, fragrant white flowers are profusely borne in August and September and measure up to 5cm across. One of the gems of late summer.

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Eucryphia x nymansensis 'George Graham' (new)

Very similar to the well known 'Nymansay', but flowers two weeks later and has the same tolerance of alkaline soils. A very handsome dense, columnar, evergreen large shrub or small tree of rapid growth, wreathed in August and September with large round, white flowers. Best with some shelter from wind. A must for late summer.

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Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

A very handsome dense, columnar, evergreen large shrub or small tree of rapid growth, wreathed in August and September with large round, white flowers. Best with some shelter from wind. I know of a plant that has grown healthily near here in the Cotswolds for about 30 yrs on thin rocky, very alkaline soil. A must for late summer.

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