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31/10/2012 at 09:41

hi  can any one help .Iam after a medium size tree that has nice blossom on it .its to go in the front garden which is south facing.

31/10/2012 at 10:02

A couple of ideas-----

Amelanchier canadensis-white flowers good autumn leaf colour

there are many varieties of flowering cherries for small gardens also



31/10/2012 at 10:29

Crab apples have pretty blossom too, followed by coloured fruits late summer/autumn.

31/10/2012 at 11:14

II like the amelanchier, some of the most stunning of flowering cherries are pretty boring for 51 weeks every year. 

31/10/2012 at 13:20

Rowan trees are quite pretty and have a fairly light canopy so don't cast too much shade - are also good for wildlife.

They have pretty (mostly white I think) blossom, autumn berries and some have good autumn colour

Couple are

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' - red stems, red autumn colour, yellow berries

Sorbus aucuparia - good autumn colour and red berries

This cherry has good early autumn colour and the bark is attractive as well - Prunus sargentii but agree with nutcutlet lots of the cherries are very boring and the blosson will only last a week ot two. 


31/10/2012 at 14:15

acer,the small variety are so beautiful in autumn ,especially the copper dark red ones but for spring a small flowering cherry.

01/11/2012 at 16:57

halesia monticola rosea, beautiful pin blossom in may, interesting fruit in autumn, slender from so no too much shadow

01/11/2012 at 17:27

Cherry trees can be beautiful all year round - particularly ones with fantastic glossy bark like Prunus serrula.  Multi-stemmed versions, as seen at Chelsea this year I seem to recall, are particularly striking.  Other options for a sunny aspect would be Robinia x slavinii 'Hillerii' - dainty leaf, bright green in summer, with masses of pink flowers in June;  or Arbutus unedo, an evergreen with a russety bark, small white flowers and red strawberry like fruits often at the same time.  

01/11/2012 at 18:29

What about the exquisite Prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea. Autumn colour leaves then tiny pink marshmallow blooms right through to March/April. Not a hulk but graceful and pretty.

01/11/2012 at 19:03

What about a lilac you get both beautiful flowers and the heady scent. My particular favourite is the dark red black knight.


02/11/2012 at 00:24
02/11/2012 at 06:36

What about a flowering dogwood - cornus kousa chinensis.  You get stunning flowers in spring (well bracts really - but they literally cover the tree), then little red fruits and leaves that go a deep red in autumn.  There are lots of pictures if you search images on google.

02/11/2012 at 06:55
02/11/2012 at 08:48

In fact, there are so many I don't know how Spencer will be able to choose! Perhaps it will depend on what there is in his garden centre.

02/11/2012 at 09:33

So Spencer -what do you fancy?

02/11/2012 at 11:40

i quite like the rowan tree , but as you have given me so many ideas its going to be difficult. thanks for the ideas

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