There are many things to consider when buying a garden tree. Here are a few points that you may wish to consider:
- Would you like an ornamental garden tree to create structure and interest to your garden or would you like a productive tree e.g. a fruit tree?
- Does your tree need to provide a particular purpose e.g. screenage or shade?
- How much space do you have available for your tree? Remember it will need room to grow!
- Should you be considering a low maintenance tree if you do not have a lot of time available for maintenance e.g. pruning?
As you will see from the About Us page on our website, here at the Arboretum we also take into account a range of other requirements:
- Whether you require an evergreen or deciduous plant
- Your soil type, its pH level and how wet or dry the ground is
- Whether your garden faces north, south, east or west
- How close to the sea you are – a salt wind can devastate some varieties
- How shaded your area is
Planting garden trees brings many benefits
Trees are of vital importance in maintaining the quality of our surroundings. We must ensure that trees are planted so that the future generations can enjoy the many benefits that they bring to our environment and to nature. Planting a garden tree can greatly enhance your garden and the surrounding area in terms of size, colour and textures. They provide superb habitats for wildlife – something at Arundel Arboretum we are extremely passionate about.
When considering the purchase of a garden tree, it is always advisable to choose a specialist tree nursery. Here at Arundel Arboretum we have many years experience in producing top quality stock and our expert staff are always on hand to guide you through your purchase.
Two trees that you could consider purchasing now for enjoying their wintertime interest are:
Malus Everest (Crab Apple)
This is a small, conical shaped tree, which has green leaves that turn mainly yellow in the autumn. The soft pink-white flowers produce yellow crab apples into the winter. Here, we have spent time observing Fieldfares eating the crab apples when snow is on the ground, with Thrushes and Blackbirds jostling for position!
chrysantha (Oriental Paper Bush)
This is a bushy deciduous shrub. The flowers appear in late winter\early spring. They are dense ranging from pale yellow, deep yellow or reddish-orange. They have a sweet scent. They are tubular shaped, approximately 10-20mm long and have silky hairs on the outside. The oval shaped leaves appear after the flowers have finished.
The bark of it is used for making high quality, hand-made paper, including ornamental Japanese wallpaper and calligraphy paper.