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Plants for Autumn Interest

  • Plants for autumn berries

    Autumn brings an array of foliage colours and also an abundance of berries including Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, the beauty berry Callicarpa Profusion and of course Ilex, or holly.

    A reliable holly for bright red berries - Ilex J C Van Tol is looking stunning at the moment.  It is one of the most reliable female fruiting forms, with glossy dark green, almost spineless leaves.

    It is tolerant of clay, some shade and can be used for hedging and topiary. It has an open habit and forms a small tree - a not so prickly holly!

    Holly J C Van Tol Ilex acquifolium J C Van Tol

     

  • Glorious October Colour

    There are many trees and shrubs to choose for autumn colour. One of the best is Liquidambar, or 'sweet gum'. The species Liquidambar styracifluar can reach 20m - ideal for a large garden and is a superb specimen tree with maple shaped leaves. The smaller variety 'Worplesdon' ultimately reaches 12m and is well suited to this climate, both trees produce yellow/pink/red or deep burgundy leaves depending on the site and season.

    Several oak species give fantastic autumn colour, Quercus coccinea (Scarlet oak), Quercus rubra (Red oak) and Quercus palustris (Pin oak) are all stately trees with rich orange red autumn foliage.

    Many ornamental cherries (Prunus species) have good autumn colour, including the wild cherry P.avium, autumn cherry P.subhirtella Autumnalis and Japanese cherries such as P. Okame.

    The dwarf cherry Prunus Kojo-no-mai - is stunning in autumn as well as spring and proves there is a cherry tree suitable for every garden - looks great in a pot on a patio too.

    A lovely tree for a small garden with spring and autumn interest is Amelanchier - the June berry. Amelanchier lamarckii or A. Canadensis (very similar) and the varieties Ballerina and Snowflakes all have white flowers in spring and orange autumn colour.

    If you are planning to plant native hedges this autumn and would like to have autumn colour consider including the Guelder Rose, Viburnum opulus. Particularly good for moist soils it is supplied as a bare-root plant from November to March.

    Enjoy the autumn - whatever the weather!

  • Early autumn colour

    It's a great time of year - early autumn brings fruit, berries and foliage colour. In the nursery at the moment, crab apples look stunning - this year we have a new variety in stock called Malus Jelly King - obviously a great choice to make crab apple jelly with!

    Acers have begun to show their autumn colour too,  both the Japanese Acer palmatums as well as the larger Acer rubrum varieties such as October Glory.

    Autumn has begun with the promise of lots more interest in the months to come.

     

  • Colourful climbers for autumn

    In late summer and early autumn there are some beautiful climbers for flower, fruit and foliage colour.

    The semi-evergreen climber Passiflora caerulea (passion flower) has wonderful exotic looking flowers but is relatively easy to grow, it is happy in clay, sandy or chalky soils and thrives in sun but will tolerate light shade. Ornamental orange fruit follows the flowers.

    Ornamental vines are quick growing deciduous climbers that thrive in a sunny site with well drained soil. Quickly covering a pergola for shade or adding interest to a wall or fence. Vitis cognetiae has large leaves with good autumn colour and Vitis Brandt has dark blue blushed fruit.

    You can also keep vines in large terracotta pots and train them up walls and pergolas on patios. Just keep them watered and fed during the growing season.

  • Beautiful Japanese Acers

    It may be a dull and wet day out there today, but we still have some cracking autumn colour - three of the best Acers for autumn colour brightening up our nursery in the rain and a brief moment of sun!

  • Fabulous autumn colour

    A selection of trees and shrubs for autumn interest...

  • Autumn just gets better

    Two trees that keep their leaves well into November (and sometimes December!) are Crataegus lavellei and Pyrus Chanticleer.

    Crataegus lavalleiToday the sun shone (briefly) on Crataegus lavellei showing off the glossy orange berries and deep green leaves.  This little known hawthorn is hardy, tolerates most soils and grows to around 7m. It makes it a perfect tree for providing privacy at this time of year.

    Pyrus Chanticleer fthPyrus Chanticleer - an ornamental pear - also keeps its leaves well into autumn and then shows autumn tints of yellow to orange/red. This tree tolerates heavy soils and windy sites - even coastal sites. In spring it is covered with creamy white flowers - a real stunner!  In stock now are trees 4m high which make quite an impact.

  • Autumn colour - Nature's Firework displays!

    Acer InabashidareThe foliage colours on trees and shrubs this autumn have been superb. Now leaves are falling, bonfires are being built and firework displays are lighting up dark evening skies.

     

    Pyracantha Loropetalum NandinaFiery red and orange berries on the Pyracantha have been brightening up the office here at English Woodlands, the smoky leaves of Loropetalum and the flame orange tints of Nandina domestica have added an explosion of colour.

    As leaves drop, do collect them to make leaf mould – this is a great soil conditioner once they have rotted down to a crumble.

    Euonymus Red CascadeBuilding a bonfire? Don’t forget to check that no hedgehogs are hiding there before you light it – rabbit or chicken wire can help keep them out until the big day.

    Enjoy this beautiful autumn season, keep safe and warm.
    We’ll be back to let you know when our Bare-root Hedging is available!

     

  • Old England in the fall - our selection of Trees for Autumn colour

    Acer japonicum AconitifoliumAcer palmatum species – have many leaf shapes and shades turning stunning autumn colours from yellow, through orange, red to scarlet.  They prefer sheltered and at least partly shaded sites with moist but well-drained soil.

    AmelanchierAll Amelanchier species have good autumn colour whether grown as a shrub or tree, aswell as small white flowers in spring.
    A. arborea Robin Hill is the largest we sell reaching 5-10m eventually. A. Ballerina and Snowflakes are ideal for a small garden reaching approximately 6m. Autumn colour is best on neutral to acid soils – not chalk!

    Cercis Forest PansyCercis canadensis Forest Pansy – a shrub or small tree with purple leaves in summer and an attractive range of yellow to orange mixed with purple autumn colour – beautiful with the low evening sun behind it. Prefers a sunny sheltered site.

    Crataegus prunifoliaCrataegus prunifolia - a round crowned tree reaching 5-7m with bright red berries and yellow to orange autumn colour – in a good year this can be stunning. This is a hardy tree tolerant of most sites and soil types.

    Wild cherryOrnamental cherries –As well as spring flowers most ornamental cherries also have some autumn colour – most notable are Prunus sargentii, Prunus subhirtella Autumnalis (which also flowers throughout the winter when the weather is mild enough), Prunus avium the wild cherry, and Prunus Royal Burgundy with burgundy colour leaves in summer turning to bright red in autumn.

    Sweet gumLiquidambar styraciflua and species – beautiful maple shape green leaves turn mixture of colours from yellow, pink, orange, red to deep wine red.
    A wonderful specimen tree for autumn colour. Can also be pruned into an espalier for stunning screening.

    Persian IronwoodParrotia persica – Persian Ironwood – an unusual tree with small red flowers appearing before the leaves in March, often multi-stemmed or with low branches that show off the often multi-coloured autumn leaves from orange-red to violet tinged scarlet.

    Scarlet oakQuercus – oak varieties with good autumn colour include pin oak, scarlet oak and red oak. Large trees with deeply lobed leaves and a range of colour from rusty brown to bright scarlet oaks.

     

    Sorbus aucuparia varieties have good foliage colour as well as berries in the autumn making them doubly attractive. Sorbus commixta the Japanese rowan turns yellow to deep coral-red in autumn the variety Olympic Flame is one we highly recommend.

    Trees with golden autumn colour include Liriodendron - the tulip tree, Acer campestre - field maple, Tilia species - limes and Gleditsia.

  • Have you caught Rugby World Cup Fever Yet?

    Whatever your team, there are trees that come from there

    Oak treeEngland can stand tall with the mighty oak or bend gracefully with the silver birch...not to mention Australia sporting towering Eucalyptus and the versatile evergreen Pittosporum.

    Ornamental cherry treeJapan boasts beautiful flowering cherry trees most of which have stunning autumn colour too – and Japanese Maples are renowned for beautiful autumn foliage.

    From Scotland comes our only native pine - Pinus sylvestris. Ireland shares many of the same native trees as England does - such as Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and bird cherry (Prunus padus). Wales has one of the oldest, if not the oldest native Yew tree in Europe.
    Romania has beautiful forests of oak, hornbeam and beech.

    Olive TreeWe love native trees at English Woodlands, but where would our gardens be without some of the more exotic ornamental trees and shrubs from around the world? Tree ferns from New Zealand, Pencil Cypress and Olive trees from Italy; the amazing monkey puzzle tree Araucaria aurucana comes from Argentina (as well as Chile!) and a wealth of trees come from the USA -from the giant Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) to the autumn splendour of Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua).

    From South Africa comes the essential seaside shrub Tamarix. If you support Canada then you’ll be flying the flag with a Canadian Maple. Think palms and bamboo in Fiji/South Pacific and the world tour is almost complete!Bamboo

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