There is a tree suitable for most gardens. They provide structure and privacy, and encourage wildlife into your garden. They are long lived and therefore a long-term investment. Choose carefully and you should have a tree that brings you years of pleasure.
For the small garden consider a tree that is slow growing or one that can be grown in a container. Top grafted weeping trees never get any higher than the height of the stem.
Autumn, winter and early Spring planting is advisable for trees, and you will have to look at stakes and possibly tree guards.
Here are our top-10 picks for small-medium trees (availability may vary):
Small Trees up to 4m/13ft
Acer (Japanese Maple)
Acer are either deciduous trees or large shrubs with ornate palm-shaped leaves and can give wonderful autumn colour.
Our large selection includes:
Acer Japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
Acer Palmatum 'Atropurpurea'
Acer Palmatum 'Bloodgood'
Acer Palmatum Dissectum 'Inaba-shidare'
Acer Palmatum 'Katsura'
Acer Palmatum 'Osakazuki'
Acer Palmatum 'Senkaki'
Amelanchier are very hardy, deciduous small trees mainly native of North America. The variety lamarckii has a bushy spreading habit, white flowers in the spring and rich autumn colour.
Soil: Tolerant of poor soils and exposed sites. Neutral to acidic soil.
ALNUS glutinosa Imperialis (Alder)
The Alders are tough and useful trees for exposed and wet sites. The variety recommended is a beautiful slender tree with deeply cut leaves. It has yellow catkins in Spring.
Soil: Can cope with poor, wet soil.
BETULA jaquemontii (Birch)
This is a medium sized tree with stunning white peeling bark and white stems. The leaves turn a clear yellow before dropping in the autumn.
Soil: Moist well drained soil.
CRATAEGUS Crimson Cloud (Hawthorn)
This hawthorn is a small to medium sized deciduous tree with profuse crimson, white-eyed, flowers in May. The hawthorns are extremely tough. An excellent tree for wildlife in the garden.
Soil: Tolerant of most soil conditions in sun or partial shade.
MALUS Harry Baker (crab apple)
Easily grown deciduous tree which has large dark-pink flowers in Spring. The large ruby-red fruits of this tree are very good for making jelly.
Soil: Any moist, well-drained soil, preferably in a sunny position.
PRUNUS Accolade (Flowering Cherry)
Accolade is a small flowering cherry with a spreading habit. Light pink, semi-double flowers open from red buds in the spring. It has orange/red autumn colour.
Soil: Any moist, well drained soil
PRUNUS Pandora (Flowering Cherry)
Another flowering cherry but this one has a more upright habit than Accolade and forms a neat vase shaped crown. It has lots of single pink flowers in the spring. It's leaves turn a dull orange in the autumn.
Soil: Any moist, well drained soil
SORBUS Joseph Rock (Rowan)
An easy, hardy, small tree. It has tiny white flowers in spring followed by masses of pale yellow berries in autumn which stay on the tree till after the leaves have dropped. Good autumn leaf colour too.
Soil: Any moist well drained soil
Situation: Sun or partial shade
TILIA cordata "Winter Orange" (Small leaved lime)
The young twigs of this tree turn vivid orange in the autumn and stay that way until the following Spring. It has small fragrant white flowers and the leaf colour in autumn is butter-yellow.
Soil: Any well drained soil
Situation: Full sun to semi-shade
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So looking forward to welcoming you all back and hope you enjoy the improvements we had made over lockdown.
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From Inverness you head west on the A862 then take the A833 to Kiltarlity.
Once through the Village just follow the signs for 'Garden Centre'.