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Advice on an acer palmatum

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 13:19

Quote..".don't really agree with all the above, sorry peeps but have strong evidence to suggest Acers can be happily maintained in full sun .... even south facing."


We grow many hundreds of Acers.

I agree they can be very happy in full sun.

But not wind

Advice on an acer palmatum

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 09:09

Acer + wind = disaster.

I recommend a complete rethink.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 20:12

Glad to help.

1st cut the straight bits off... right down at ground level.ASAP.

Difficult to be sure if it is a sep plant ./OR all one.

Twisted hazel are often grafted on to the roots of ordinary hazel.

You have done well to get so many lovely catkins.

It is an ugly shrub/tree in summer with sick, ill twisted looking leaves.

Fab in mid winter with the beautiful tracery of the twigs.

If you have any more questions please add a picture... it really helps with id.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:06

Please can you add a pic to this thread.

From your description it sounds like Corylus avellana contorta... a twisted Hazel.

It is prone to sucker from the graft below ground level.

All straight growth from below ground, must be removed or you will have a plain Corylus avellana. An ordinary  Hazel tree. See this pic which shows suckers....

Identification of Tree!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 17:11

blackest.. the link you give is to a stock photo.

Professional photographers advertise their pics on different sites in the hope people will buy them for magazines /cards etc. to earn them money


They see a pretty tree with blossom and just add a name ... such as "beautiful japanese cherry."

However, very often the labels are vague.

Certainly you cannot trust it as botanically accurate.


Prunus cerasifera  nigra often has red leaves in summer.

Identification of Tree!!

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 17:05

I believe it is Prunus cerasifera. 

Common name Cherry plum.



Libertias....who knows em?

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 19:10


We planted a few Libertia peregrinans  many years ago in a dry shady area.

They looked stunning.

Then swamping everything else.

Spreading by roots.

They took over .

So much so we were forced to  weed every single one out!

Be very careful where you plant them!

Looking for a 'fast' growing Yew tree (Taxus)

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:02

Woodgreen wonderboy, I  said Taxus baccata fastigiate was the upright growing Yew that chris was asking for.

Yes Yew is a great choice....BUT would you recommend it for regularly harvesting the timber?


If I read this correctly chris is not looking for harvesting the green branches .. he seems to be after the timber.

My argument is that timber is very very slow to bulk up.

iris unguicularis

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 07:54

Autumn is the time to tidy dead leaves on an evergreen spring flowering Iris.

You can also give it a complete haircut in Autumn.

But bear in mind the leaves help support the flowers.

I rather like the look of beautiful flower amongst green and brown leaves.

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