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  • Fabulous autumn colour!

    Foliage colour is one of the highlights of autumn, this year has been one of the best due to the long hot summer and as yet we haven't had the gales to blow the leaves off the trees...

    Whatever size garden - or patio - you have there is a tree that has beautiful autumn colour for you - from the smallest ornamental cherry to the largest oaks.

    Prunus Kojo-no-mai is a small ornamental cherry showing good colour now, it is suitable for a container on a patio and reaches approximately 2m high. In contrast, the wild cherry Prunus avium can grace a woodland clearing or parkland and reach up to 20m.

    In between, for small to medium gardens  - varieties such as Prunus Okame, Prunus Pandora, Prunus Kanzan and Prunus sargentii all have good autumn colour. Prunus Royal Burgundy has deep burgundy foliage in summer which turns bright red in autumn.

    Oaks such as the pin oak Quercus palustris, red oak Quercus rubra, and scarlet oak Quercus coccinea are stunning large trees for autumn colour.

    Many Sorbus (Rowan) trees show great autumn foliage including the yellow berried variety of Sorbus aucuparia - Joseph Rock, upright when young this is a hardy tree for a small garden.

    One of the best trees for autumn colour is Liquidambar styraciflua and its cultivars, including Liquidambar Worplesdon which shows consistently good colour. Liquidambar has a maple shape leaf and the tree is also prunable so we also supply it as a stunning espalier 2m high and 1m wide.

    Less well known is Nyssa sylvatica the Tupelo tree, a large specimen used to great effect in public gardens such as Sheffield Park here in Sussex. Parrotia persica, the Persian Ironwood is another unusual stunning large tree the leaves show an almost rainbow foliage effect in autumn.

    And of course there are many Japanese Maples - Acer palmatum varieties to choose from with a range of red, orange and yellow autumn colour.

    Enjoy the autumn colour this year and do come and visit if you are inspired to plant!

  • New Autumn Stock Arrives at the Nursery

    September is always an exciting time here at English Woodlands, as traditionally, the best time for planting is from autumn to spring. The soil is still warm, and as soon as there is sufficient moisture, planting conditions become ideal. Deciduous trees will also lose their leaves and go dormant for the winter, making them much easier to transplant, while evergreen plant’s growth slows down as they prepare for the winter.

    We also restock this time of year, replenishing our selection of fruit and ornamental trees, shrubs and climbers, meaning that we always have a great range of plants at this time of year. The leaves are still on the trees, so it is helpful to see them and plan for later planting.

    We are spoilt for choice with our new arrivals. A few examples of our superb quality trees are the tall Liquidambar styracifluar which will look amazing when autumn colour comes, Rhododendrons and Azaleas which are budding up now to be ready for spring next year.

    Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweet Gum Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweet Gum
    Rhododendrons English Woodland's new stock of Rhododendrons

    In addition to our trees and shrubs, we always have something special to offer. This year we have some wonderful Ilex Crenata large bonsai trees that have been cloud pruned. And Ilex crenata is an evergreen pant that is slow growing and easily clipped to maintain shape.

    We at English Woodlands love the Ilex Nellie Stevens, and it is a slightly less prickly plant than the common holly Ilex Acquilfolium. We have some very large standard trees in stock at the moment, and they would make a fabulous tree for a smart entrance as well as providing evergreen screening where required. Other new additions are some great Cornus controversa variegata, which have reached the size where they start to look very special!

    Ilex Nellie Stevens - Holly Nellie Stevens Ilex Nellie Stevens - Holly Nellie Stevens

    Many of our customers comment on the great quality of our plants, which we always greatly appreciate, and our ever-popular evergreen hedge plants such as the Common Laurel and the Portuguese laurel are looking great in our nursery.

    Whether it is a small fruit tree, a large standard tree or hedge plants you are looking for; whether you need screening structure or just something ornamental to enjoy we have some great plants for you to look at in the nursery just now. Autumn – we love it!

    If you want to talk to any of English Woodland’s friendly team for advice regarding tour new stock or any of our other products, give them a call on 01435 862992, or visit their website at www.ewburrownursery.co.uk.

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