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Tasmannia (syn. Drimys) lanceolata
A slender, upright, medium sized, evergreen shrub with attractive copper tinted new growth and numerous small, creamy white flowers in April/May. The slim, relatively small dark green leaves contrast with the purple-red stems and are aromatic if crushed. Best with some shelter. From cold areas of SE Australia and Tasmania.
Taxodium huegelii (syn. T. mucronatum)
The wonderful Mexican Swamp Cypress which is such a fabulously charismatic tree in the wild where it forms a more weeping habit than its American cousin and trees of vast sizes can be found. A success in the UK; Kew has a 100yr old specimen. I would recommend a warm site in ordinary or damp soil.
The 'Spur leaf' is most distinct and too rarely seen in the UK. Forming a small to medium sized tree with spreading branches and handsome heart shaped leaves with drawn out tips, red flushed on new growth. Elegant when strung with 15cm long yellowish, pendent catkins in summer. Branches develop little spurred growths over time. Easy and hardy on most soils.
A fine, relatively new addition to our gardens. This species, from a wide area across Eastern Asia, makes a fast growing small to medium sized deciduous tree. The pinnate foliage has ruby red petioles and rachis and has an arresting, pungent aroma when brushed. Heads of small pale flowers in late summer followed by very attractive clusters of bright red fruit.
Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex'
This form of this mega-exotic looking gem has immensely impressive foliage, spectacularly massive with great claw like lobes. Grow it in a sheltered site where it should reach 4m. It will be fairly hardy there but will shoot strongly from the roots if cut back by cold, or secateurs. It will also sucker a fair bit when established but these are easily removed. Fabulous.
Teucrium ackermannii hort. (new)
The Silver Germander makes a splendid flattened mound of a dwarf silvery shrub for a raised bed, with a mass of purple-pink flowers in summer and highly aromatic foliage. Up to 45cm across and hardy to at least -10c. Widely grown, the name of this plant doesn't actually exist officially, it probably being in reality T. cossonii or a hybrid of.
Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'
A selected form of the Mediterranean 'Shrubby Germander' with deeper blue flowers than the norm. Makes a small evergreen shrub for a sunny well drained spot against a wall. The stems and undersides of the leaves are covered in very fine white hairs giving the plant a greyish appearance and the flowers are in terminal racemes throughout summer.
Teucrium fruticans 'Compactum'
A dwarf, neat, compact form of the Mediterranean 'Shrubby Germander'. Makes a small evergreen shrub for a sunny well drained spot against a wall. The stems and undersides of the leaves are covered in very fine white hairs giving the plant a greyish appearance and the flowers are pale blue in terminal racemes throughout summer.
Tilia 'Harold Hillier'
A vigorous hybrid lime raised in 1973 and thought to be T. japonica 'Ernest Wilson' x T. mongolica. A medium sized tree of conical habit, the leaves are rather maple-like with three prominent lobes and bristle-tipped teeth, dark green above and grey-green beneath, turning to a rich butter-yellow in autumn. Clean of aphids in summer. 16m high after 40 years.
Very rarely seen, this hybrid lime is a beauty. The broad rounded foliage is grey underneath and clothes the arching, slightly pendent branches fully, giving a luscious healthy appearance. Vigorous growth, large clusters of fragrant flowers in late summer and simple unpretentious elegance. A medium to large tree, best suited to the bigger garden.
Discovered in Warsaw in the early 20th century, this is either a cultivar or hybrid of Tilia tomentosa, forming a fast growing hardy tree with a conical dense crown form and leaves green above and grey beneath. The very strongly scented cream-yellow flowers are seen in summer and cast their fragrance on the wind. Very tough and easy, making a large tree eventually
Tilia aff. oliveri Hers 2808
A Tilia collected quite some time ago in China, this great rarity has survived in only one or two places in the UK, until now. Desired by tree buffs who've seen it, this is an elegant thing with heart shaped foliage, grey under, on a crown of sweeping, semi-weeping branches. Fully hardy and easy, like most Tilia. A small to medium size tree.
Tilia amurensis from Korea
A tree with a large distribution in the Far East and up to 35m tall in the wild. In this country one can expect a medium sized tree to about half that height. Some forms from the north end of the wild range are difficult to grow here, but this clone from Korea makes a healthy tree with a rounded crown, cordate foliage and heavily scented flowers in late summer.
Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla (syn. monticola)
Very distinct from all other species in the white hairy backs to the huge foliage that emerges with a deep maroon tint, making a truly spectacular sight. From the Eastern USA and one of the finest limes in cultivation, but very rarely seen and for no good reason. Splendid specimens can be seen at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. Up to 20m or so.
Tilia chinensis - from Muli, Sichuan
A rarely encountered species with rather unique flaking bark on older trees. Leaves are broadly ovate, sharply toothed with slender-pointed tips and red petioles. Makes a distinct, small to medium sized tree. Hardy and easy, though very rarely seen. This is genuine wild source material from Muli, Sichuan, China
One of the many Chinese species, introduced into Ireland in 1938, but remaining very rare in cultivation. A hardy small to medium sized deciduous tree to perhaps 11m tall. Flowering in late July and early August. Foliage large on vigorous young trees, settling down to ovate leaves with small tufts of hair in the vein axils beneath. As elegant as any Tilia.
Tilia cordata 'Len Parvin'
A relatively new form of our native Small leaved lime discovered growing in the Wye Valley by the above named. The leaves are the smallest found so far for this species (but not obvious on young vigorous atypical growth) creating a delicate and beautiful effect. Typically lovely fragrant white flowers in late summer. Easy, hardy, tolerant.
Tilia dasystyla subsp. caucasica A&L 16
A rare lime from the Caucasus and N. Iran with conspicuously bristle-toothed somewhat rounded foliage and very prominent long, pale bracts attached to the inflorescence of scented cream flowers. Makes a strong growing, healthy medium sized tree in the UK. This clone was collected N. Iran by Mrs Ala and Roy Lancaster and has deep purple-red winter twigs.
Tilia dasystyla subsp. caucasica ex N. Iran
A rare lime from the Caucasus and N. Iran with conspicuously bristle-toothed somewhat rounded foliage and very prominent long, pale bracts attached to the inflorescence of scented cream flowers. Makes a strong growing, healthy, medium sized tree in the UK. This is a Bob Cherry collection from N. Iran, with bright red winter twigs.
Tilia dasystyla subsp. caucasica NJM 13.029
A rare lime from the Caucasus and N. Iran with conspicuously bristle-toothed somewhat rounded foliage and very prominent long, pale bracts attached to the inflorescence of scented cream flowers, which make quite a feature around flowering time in summer. Makes a strong growing healthy tree to about 20m in the UK. This collection from the Azerbaijan Caucasus.
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