A question submitted by Jill Meyjes via our Ask a Question page:
I am looking for a very small specimen tree for a sunny aspect near a patio. Have had 2 Kilmarnock’s but both eventually died, perhaps too dry. Have heard recently somewhere in the media, (might have been Val Bourne in Telegraph Gardening), mention of some very small cherry trees and wonder if you know anything about them? Or do you have any suggestions?
Would love to hear from you.
Many thanks for your question Jill. Yes, Salix caprea ‘Kilmarnock’ requires plenty of water and regular pruning to keep the stem and catkin production on track. However, the good news is there are a number of trees we could recommend for your garden location, including a less vigorous Salix. If the tree receives some shade in the garden then we would certainly consider Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’. This attractively marbled variegated foliage tree would provide plenty of interest through the late spring and into the summer, but it does require a moisture-
The cherry tree you might have seen mentioned in the newspapers could be Prunus incise ‘Yamadei’? This makes a small tree, however when in flower it is covered in an enchanting mass of white single bell-
The other prunus we must mention is the showy Prunus ‘Snow Showers’. Again, a highly trainable small garden tree reaching 13ft x 6ft (3.9m x 2m) in 10 years, but can be easily pruned to stay compact. It’s best described as a lovely, small, profusely flowering dwarf cherry with spectacular dense single white flowers which cover steeply pendent branches in late March. Good autumn leaf colours too! We sell these in 12-
Another good doer is Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’. This versatile plant has small white flowers in the spring followed by attractive berries in the late summer and into the autumn set against evergreen foliage. The plant is usually grafted (top-
Finally, if you are looking for a real scene stealer, then look no further than Fagus sylvatica ‘Black Swan’. A slow growing weeping purple leaved beech with attractive dark red-
We hope these suggestions help, there’s plenty of choice, it’s just a matter of deciding on the tree that fits the criteria best.
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