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Abutilon 'Ines'

Abutilon 'Ines'

A new Pan-Global' intro from the USA, making a small to medium shrub, about 1.5m high and wide. Flowers are a lovely combo of soft yellowish-cream petals, backed by dusky, brick-red calyces, and are seen throughout summer. One of the hardiest varieties, though best sited sensibly for most of us, preferably with wall shelter. A hybrid of A. megapotamicum.

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Abutilon 'Orange Hot Lava'

Abutilon 'Orange Hot Lava'

A new intro from the USA, this is a superb A. megapotamicum hybrid forming a compact multistemmed plant approx' 1m or more high. A mass of orange bells, net-veined in red and with a prominent brick-red calyx, are produced over a long period from July until frosts. Hardy with the shelter of a warm wall.

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Abutilon 'Patrick Synge'

Abutilon 'Patrick Synge'

A vigorous hybrid potentially reaching about 3m on a sheltered wall. Attractive green foliage provides a good backing to the sumptuously coloured, dangling, party dress shaped flowers; seen over a long period. Petals are a glowing red-orange with a deep purple-red interior, backed by a soft, matt, red-brown calyx. Survived Jan 09 outside here!

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Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

Unique and highly ornamental large shrub or small tree for a sheltered site in full sun. Light grey-blue leaves with new growth plum-purple through the growing season. Golden yellow 'Mimosa' flowers in early spring. Easy in a pot, can be hard pruned every year. Takes a fair amount of frost, though is best sited sensibly. My best selling plant by far.

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Acacia boormanii

Snowy River Wattle. A most lovely species and fairly hardy too. Foliage on this one is a feathery mass of very, very narrow linear grey-green leaves (phyllodes). Makes a large shrub, covered in panicles of scented, lemon-yellow mimosa flowers in early spring. Worthy of a sheltered location but survived winter 2010 near here! Very rarely offered in the UK.

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Acacia dealbata 'Gaulois Astier'

A form of the species selected by the southern French 'Mimosa' cut flower industry for its particularly good bunches of scented sulphur-yellow flowers. The leaves are much greener and with more substantial leaflets than the var. subalpina. In most areas of the UK this would be best planted in a sheltered position, backed by a wall, where it'll bloom late winter.

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Acacia dealbata var. subalpina

Acacia dealbata var. subalpina

The hardiest form of true mimosa, originally collected at high altitude. A vigorous, evergreen small tree to be tried in a sheltered spot, covered in clouds of bright yellow, scented flowers in late winter. Beautiful ferny, grey-green foliage. Can be hard pruned, coppiced or pollarded. Will often sprout from the base if cut back by a very hard winter.

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Acacia pataczekii

Acacia pataczekii

Only described in 1978 from a discovery in the cool highlands of Tasmania, 'Wally's Wattle' is the hardiest of all Acacias, known to tolerate as low as -18c! A large evergreen shrub or very small tree here in the UK, with a dense bushy crown of linear blue-green leaves (actually phyllodes) and a mass of pale yellow little balls of flower in late winter. Most rare!

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Acer campbellii subsp. campbellii

Found at 3050m asl in NE Kachin State, Burma. In cultivation this makes a medium sized tree with 5 to 7 lobed leaves expanding red and turning to yellow in autumn. Best sited in a sheltered position like open woodland where it will be hardy throughout most of the UK. V. rare in cultivation.

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Acer campbellii subsp. campbellii NJM 12.069

This was found at 2730m asl, smack on the Burmese border in E Manipur, NE India, in full autumn golden leaved glory. In cultivation it makes a medium sized tree with 5 to 7 lobed leaves expanding red and turning to yellow in autumn. Best sited in a sheltered position like open woodland where it will be hardy throughout most of the UK. V. rare in cultivation.

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Acer campestre 'Evenley Red'

A new form of our native 'field maple' from Northamptonshire, selected by Tim Whitely for its consistently good red autumn colour, which is a rather unusual colour for this species. As ever this will make an easy small tree, eventually growing, over very many years, to make a medium tree. Tough as old boots.

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Acer carpinifolium

The Hornbeam Maple from Japan is most unmaple-like in foliage, until of course you get to know all the other unmaple-like Acers. This makes a small to perhaps medium sized tree with wide spreading branches and simple foliage, much like a common hornbeam, but more elongated and with a drip-tip, turning gold and brown in autumn. Easy and hardy.

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Acer flabellatum NJM 11.017

Collected from Leigong Shan, Guizhou, China at 1900m asl, this handsome deciduous maple makes a sometimes shrubby small tree in cultivation with seven lobed foliage. The foliage turns to yellow shades in autumn.

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Acer griseum

Acer griseum

The Paper Bark Maple is one of the most attractive of all small trees with a very long season of interest. Very beautiful cinnamon-orange bark peeling off in thin papery pieces, and fine, yellow orange and red autumn colour are its principal attractions. Very tolerant and easy even on thin chalky soils. Not fast but lovely even when small.

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Acer laevigatum NJM 10.049

Found on Tay Con Linh mountain, almost on the Chinese border in N. Vietnam at 1800m alt., this small semi-evergreen maple has long taper pointed, unlobed foliage that emerges deep red. Requiring a sheltered site in not overly cold areas.

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Acer pectinatum (new)

Hailing from the highest peak in Indochina, this was collected originally as A. campbellii var. fansipanense. Whatever, it is very handsome in leaf with broad 3 to 5 lobed leaves on red petioles, turning to shades of orange and gold in autumn. Best sited in a sheltered position like open woodland where it will be hardy throughout most of the UK.

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Acer pentaphyllum (new)

One of the most attractive of all maples yet critically endangered in its wild home, where there is just one small population left in W. Sichuan, China. The extremely beautiful leaves, on long slender scarlet petioles, are uniquely fully divided to the base with five very slim, linear-lanceolate segments, green above and pale glaucous beneath. Can take at least -10c.

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Acer sikkimense NJM 10.134 (new)

A collection of this very colourful maple from the temperate forests of the far north of Vietnam at 2040m asl. Most handsome when in new growth with the ovate, unlobed leaves emerging a glistening dark purple-red, expanding to green above and rich red below. Best suited to milder parts of the British Isles. Makes a small to medium tree.

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Acer sterculiaceum subsp. franchetii

Acer sterculiaceum subsp. franchetii

A remarkable hardy Himalayan maple, with very large leaves flushed red when emerging and predominantly three lobed in adulthood. Racemes of large yellow-green flowers in spring followed by drooping clusters of substantial fruits on females. Males have attractive red flowers. A fairly big tree eventually, happiest in a reasonably wind sheltered position.

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Acer sterculiaceum subsp. sterculiaceum NJM 13.087 (new)

A collection from Nagaland, with large leaves flushed red when emerging and predominantly five lobed. Racemes of large yellow-green flowers in spring followed by drooping clusters of substantial fruits on females. Males have attractive red flowers. A fairly big tree eventually, happiest in a reasonably wind sheltered position.

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