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Trees for Summer Interest – Evergreen Magnolia & Honey Locust

Britain’s heatwave problems may finally be over, which means there’s all the more reason to get outside and enjoy the trees with late summer interest. We’re taking the time to share a couple more with you today, so read on if you’re interested.

Evergreen Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflorum gallionensis ‘Goliath’

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With deep, glossy leaves the entire year round, Goliath really comes into its own during August. Large blooms with a lemon scent and cream colour appear during late summer and remain through early autumn.

It serves as an excellent focal point for any garden, though is most commonly placed growing against a house wall, or within a walled garden. As long as it’s protected from cold, drying winds, ‘Goliath’ will flower beautifully while young, and eventually (if slowly) grow as high as 12m.

Also worth noting is that while ‘Goliath’ is broadly, and pleasantly, conical, you still have the chance of pruning it to shape. Just bear in mind that this will serve at the expense of some flowers in the current season, so make sure you’re certain beforehand.

Honey Locust - Gleditsia triacanthos Sunburst

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Honey Locust offers distinctive interest through its uniquely coloured foliage. Starting gold in spring, the leaves become green-yellow during the summer, before returning to a golden-yellow for autumn.

It makes for an unusual yet attractive focal point, and co-ordinates particularly well with any red or purple coloured foliage already present in the garden. With an ultimate height of 6-10m and without thorns, the Honey Locust also serves well as a shade tree once established. Compatible with most sites and soils, just ensure the deep roots have space to grow.

If you’re interested, take a closer look at these two while the sun’s still out. Clear days have helped our Honey Locusts to really stand out this summer, and Goliath thrives in sunlight.

As ever, feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or queries you may have.

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