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EUCOMIS vandermerwei 'Octopus'
Quite a departure for us I admit, but I saw this gorgeous little South African bulb flowering in September in Keith Wiley's garden, and I had to grow it! The "Pineapple Lilies" are gaining in popularity, but this is one of the smallest. Typical of the genus, the long tongue-like leaves form flat rosettes; in this case crinkly edged and heavily mottled with dark maroon. The spikes of dark red flowers are reminiscent in shape of a pineapple (complete with little leaf-like tuft on the top) but reach just 20cm tall, and form even from small bulbs. The smaller stature of this one makes it vulnerable to adversity, so choose a warm sunny, well-drained site (perhaps on a scree bed) or treasure it in a pot.

NEW EUCRYPHIA lucida 'Ballerina'

NEW EUCRYPHIA lucida 'Pink Cloud'

EUCRYPHIA x intermedia

EUCRYPHIA x nymansensis 'Nymans Silver'

EUCRYPHIA x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

Deciduous EUONYMUS

Another addiction! This rewarding group should be wider planted and better known. Generally they become small bushy trees or large shrubs, but there are a few smaller growing varieties better suited to the smaller garden.

They all have utterly fantastic autumn colour, and most have spectacular fruits at the same time. Totally hardy and with no vices, nothing could be easier to grow almost anywhere! There are some really superb mature examples at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucs although we have a rather good collection ourselves now! They grow equally happily on chalk and heavy clay too.

Please note that all our Euonymus are now grown on their own roots. This means that although it may occasionally result in a smaller plant initially, you will never have to worry about suckers in the future. Commercially, too many Euonymus are grafted becasue it is "easier" and makes a bigger plant more quickly. But these can sucker so badly that the original plant become swamped. I cannot stress how much better they are on their own roots.

EUONYMUS alatus 'Compactus'
This dense, compact form to 1m, is one of the best small shrubs for vivid pinky-red autumn colour. The bright orange seeds hang often individually within the capsules.

NEW EUONYMUS alatus 'Fastigiate'

EUONYMUS alatus 'Fireball'
(syn. E. alatus 'Select') Compact habit and particularly spectacular red autumn colour.

EUONYMUS alatus 'Macrophyllus'

EUONYMUS alatus 'Rudy Haag'
The smallest of our E. alatus cultivars. This one has the most subtle, pinkish rose autumn colour.

EUONYMUS alatus 'Timber Creek'
Another compact American selection, this time with rich crimson autumn colour. Reputedly the freest fruiting of them.

NEW EUONYMUS alatus var. ciliatodentatus

EUONYMUS americanus 'Narrow Leaf'

EUONYMUS bungeanus 'Dart's Pride'
Eventually a large shrub or small tree, of upright habit. As with most deciduous Euonymus it distinguishes itself in the autumn with lovely leaf colour and dramatic seed capsules. This is the plant on the corner of an upper stock line which is visible from our customer shed, attracting constant comment through the autumn!

EUONYMUS bungeanus 'Fireflame'
This version of this elegant species has particularly good red autumn colour.

EUONYMUS bungeanus 'Pendulus'
Elegant, gently pendulous habit.

EUONYMUS bungeanus var. semipersistens    
There is a magnificent plant of this at Wisley, which can only be described as a tree. The leaves are held long into the winter depending on the weather whilst the seed capsules are large and prolific if not as brightly coloured as in some of the other species.


EUONYMUS clivicolus var. rongchuensis 

EUONYMUS cornutus var. quinquecornutus 
A rare small shrub of open habit with smaller leaves than most deciduous Euonymus. The flowers however, are considerably larger and the remarkable fruits bear 5 or 6 slender horn-like extensions, giving them the appearance of jester's hats.

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