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Tag Archives: Trees for bees

  • Early flowering cherry trees

    There is something lovely about seeing blossom on trees at the end of a wet dreary winter. One of the earliest is Prunus Okame or the Okame cherry. It has carmine pink flowers in March - and sometimes late February depending on the weather.

    Prunus Okame thrives in an open sunny site and in most moist well-drained soil including chalk. It grows 5-8m tall and wide ultimately.

    Another early flowering cherry is Prunus cerasifera nigra - dark leaved cherry plum which has single pale pink flowers followed by deep burgundy leaves. Available as a single or multi-stem tree. A great tree for early forage for bees!

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  • Colourful crab apple trees

    Crab apple trees look wonderful now!

    The sunshine has encouraged the blossom on the Malus over the last week. Equally as stunning as some of the ornamental cherries, crab apples make lovely garden trees, they come in a variety of shapes from weeping to upright and a variety of ultimate sizes too. We stock them as small standards (approximately 175-200cm tall now) or 3-4m trees - the large ones are selling fast!

    Tolerant of most soil types including clay, they can be pruned and trained. And of course they have the benefit of autumn fruit too which can be used to make a tasty jelly.

    Flowers and fruit are good for wildlife as well as us and they can be useful as pollinators for orchard apple trees too.

    Crab apple Evereste Malus Evereste

     

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