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Hedge - screening

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 14:14

I live in the North west of England and both Beech and Hornbeam grow very well here, You can find reasonable size Beech trees growing on top of hills a 1,000 ft above sea level, they are tough. In fact Beech is now colonising in the woods around here due its ability to resist shade, you see thousands of seedlings on th ground under trees. Back in the 1970's seedlings only emerged in occasional years so I guess that points to global warming. Hornbeam is much less common simply because the Victorians planted far fewer, but they also self seed as well.

Climate Change?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 22:32

I remember reading that Christmas Day was more likely to be "green" than white back in the 1960's before global warming was thought of, it appears to fall within a cyclical period of low pressure from the atlantic, wet but not cold.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 22:15

Lots of plants.

Nasty smelling ones like privet.

Hybrid Tea roses [and any other "stick" form of rose.]

Phormiums, yuccas and ornamental grasses.

Viburnum tinus and other dull evergreens

So called purple shrubs and trees that are really brown like Prunus "pissardii"

Rampaging thugs, e.g. Houttoniya and certain Campanula.

Oversize "architectural" plants such as Gunnera.

Not forgetting Aucuba japonica variegata

Tulip and Hankerchief trees

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 09:57

Not sure about the best time to prune Paulownia, but suggest you do not prune in winter because it is a plant with soft wood and even unpruned young wood can be killed by heavy frost in winter. The best specimens I ever saw were in Leamington Spa and that is north of you,  so maybe I am over cautious, but I have seen frost damage where I live in North West England. I wouldn't go for a pot, the coppiced ones have vigorous shoots that get 5ft high in one summer. This is plant needing ample resources. I don't know how palatable the leaves are, Paulownia is a relation of Foxgloves so they might be poisonous.

Tulip and Hankerchief trees

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:23

If  you wish to have an exotic looking foliage plant with huge leaves you can coppice the Paulownia just like a Willow or Dogwood. The leaves are twice the size of uncoppiced trees and look very tropical. The down side is no flowers. Paulownias are fast growing trees [faster than Liriodendron] but only flower if they are in a reasonably sheltered position. Liriodendron prefer areas of Britain with warm summers so the best [and best flowering ] specimens are in S.E England. Davidias are more tolerant of cool summers and you get good specimens in Scotland. lastly Liriodendron can grow very big.

Horseradish woes

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 14:30

I grow mine in a big plant pot, only way to ensure it does not spread all over the place.

ID help please - shrub and tree

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:38

Another possibilty for the tree is a relation of the witch hazels called Parrotia persica or Persian ironwood. When the treeis older it has scaly bark like a London Plane. Leaves are shinier than Witch hazel and the floers are like small red witch hazel flowers inspring and not scented.


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 11:01

Just to make nutcutlets message more explicit, Colchicums are poisonous.

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:14

I live in the Manchester area and I find the the crop of sloes is very dependent on the weather conditions when the Blackthorn is in blossom. Cold windy conditions cause small crops due to lack of pollination I assume. However the good news is that whilst one patch may be poor one year, another a few miles away may have plenty, there seems to be a lot of local variation.

Magnolia Susan

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 11:07

I grow Magnolia "Susan" and if your space is limited then it is a good choice. It is very slow growing and I suspect it will take 20 years to reach 8ft at present rate of growth. Amelanchier will make a much quicker impact than the Susan, if that is important. Ultimate size will vary as ther are a number of different species, some reaching full size at 10 ft others going onto 30 ft, so ensure you choose the right one from a trustworthy source if going for the Amelanchier option.

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