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Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:54

Salino, I would prefer more of a tree speciman than a large shrub. So I will have a look at some of your suggestions. Many thanks.

Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:51

Thanks Tetley. To be honest I hadn't really considered the soil composition. Our soil tends to be rather clay. I have been fortunate over the years that most things I plant tend to grow. I always add growmore and bonemeal. I have found rhododendrons and hydrangeas grow very successfully.

Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:40

Thanks Salino for your recommendations. You certainly know your plants. I am a keen gardener but trees are  a bit alien to me. I am having a new lawn laid next week and am looking for something that will replace a tree that I have removed. I had a rowan tree but it was looking as though it was past it's sell by date. Would like something smaller to replace it. Can the dwarf Korean lilac be planted directly into the ground or does it have to be grown as a pot plant?

Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 23:23

Thank you Tetley and Poddington P for your suggestions. I will certainly look into these options.  The witch hazel sounds particularly appealing. Looking for something with a scent.

Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 22:59

My preference would be an evergreen shrub or tree but I am aware that the dwarf Korean lilac is deciduous. I am looking for something that will grow no taller tha 8 to 10 feet and a spread of no more than 6 to 8 feet. The difficulty is finding something from a gardening centre  in Oxfordshire or even online . Would appreciate any other suggestions.

Ornamental tree

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 16:37

I would like to plant an ornamental tree that is preferably evergreen. It would be situated in partial/full sun in an open space. I did think of a dwarf Korean lilac. Any suggestions please


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 10:56

Thank you for your advice again. Fruit trees are an area I am not familiar with. I will follow your advice re pruning. I don't actually like pears and am growing it for my husband. I guess we won't be argueing over the pear if we are able to grow any!!!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 23:22

Thank you waterbutts for your advice. The pear tree at present is growing more as a column at the moment. Lots of healthy growth. The dwarf  trees were bought as bare root plants and have been grafted. I would imagine it might be a year or so before they bear any fruit. I believe they are self fertile plants. How should I prune the pear tree and when? At the moment it looks quite happy. They are sited in a sunny sheltered spot.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:08

Have recently bought a dwarf cherry tree and dwarf pear tree which I am growing in large pots. How and when do I prune them. The cherry tree has become a bit leggy and having never grown them in pots before need some advice. Also, do I need to protect them over winter eg in the greenhouse.?

woolly aphid on crab apple tree

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 18:44

We had the same problem last year and tried everything from chemicals, soapy water and pressure washing it. In the end we decided to remove it completely. It was at least  8 years old and had been lopped. It began to excrete a sticky white powder which damaged other plants. Best plan, remove and plant something else.

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