COTINUS continued
last updated 21/10/2014

COTINUS 'Flame' 
This large shrub is beautiful and hard to find! The leaves are pinky orange when young, becoming green. This contrasts well with the orange-pink flowers. Superb orange autumn colour. Possibly a hybrid between C. coggygria and C. obovatus.

CRATAEGUS persimilis 'Prunifolia'
A delightfully under-stated small tree. The flowers are typical hawthorn, but bigger, before it then produces masses of large cherry-like red fruits. Splendid autumn colour completes the display. It does have large thorns though, which are decorative but not best-placed adjacent to a path!
Open-ground specimens available after leaf-fall. Please ask for details.

CUNNINGHAMIA lanceolata 'Glauca'
This small genus of Chinese conifer most closely resembles the infamous monkey puzzle tree (and in more recent times, the Wollemii pine). It may be necessary to cane the young tree initially until it develops its own dominant leader. It will then grow in layers to create a much more dramatic and architectural shape than many conifers. However, it will get pretty big given enough years. This particular selection is totally hardy despite its almost tropical appearance, and has the most wonderful glaucous leaves, the bloom making the tree appear a breathtaking pale blue. Thanks to Keith Wiley for introducing me to this one and generously giving me a few cuttings to get me started.
Fantastic specimens also available - please ask for details.


Most Garden Centres stock vast quantities of tender indoor Cyclamen at Christmas time. Yet there are hardy forms as well, which to my mind are even prettier! Even the tiniest garden has room for these as those listed below are happiest when grown beneath a shrub or tree. C. hederifolium is the toughest, and will tolerate extremely dry sites; even growing in the gravel at the side of the drive. It will also naturalise in grass. They are more vigorous so should not be mixed with the other smaller species which prefer to be planted a little deeper. None like to be too wet when dormant, so avoid water-logged sites. When happily sited, they will seed around and form delightful colonies. They are in pots, so can be planted at any time of year.

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