last updated 31/10/2014

SYCOPARROTIA semi-decidua 
Hillier's Manual is not particularly enthusiastic about this choice bi-generic hybrid between Parrotia persica and Sycopsis sinensis. I, however, like it very much. The glossy green leaves have a wonderfully healthy appearance and are held long into the autumn. The flowers are quite distinct and are worthy of close inspection. They consist of just the stamens without the petals of a normal flower. The effect in February is similar to that of a Witch Hazel, except that they are shorter and sturdy and more numerous within each head. In colour, they are orange red and tipped yellow.

SYCOPARROTIA semi-decidua 'Purple Haze'
This more recent selection is even better...I love it! The young growth is blushed with a purple haze, which adds an extra dimension, but I would plant it for its autumn colour alone. Truly spectacular.

NEW SYCOPARROTIA semi-decidua 'Variegata'


NEWSyringa emodii Aureavariegata SYRINGA emodii 'Aureavariegata'
"Himalayan Lilac". This attractive form has a yellow margin to the long leaves, which are tinged pink when young. The flowers are pale lilac in bud and fade to open white, in erect panicles in June. A few Specimens only.

SYRINGA laciniata
This is a super smaller growing form with distinctly dissected leaves. The small panicles of lilac flowers in May make the whole plant so much prettier than the traditional Lilacs! 4' x 4'

SYRINGA x meyeri 'Palibin' 
A large dense tidy shrub, this attractive summer flowering Lilac has much prettier smaller flowers than the traditional forms. They are pinky-purple and scented.

NEW SYRINGA persica 
The origin of this delightful shrub is uncertain, but it is said to date back as far as 1640, which is quite incredible. The habit is more graceful, growing only to about 2m and giving panicles of fragrant lilac flowers in May.

NEW SYRINGA persica 'Alba'
An unusual and charming white flowered form of the above. 

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