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  1. Fine WINTER Flower – Camellia Transnokoensis

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    This lovely fine foliage Camellia Transnokoensis has a mass of deep red flower buds followed by a small white fluted, lightly fragrant flower, mid-winter. A fantastic Camellia for hedging. Also a magnet to the Bellbirds, Tui’s & Waxeyes with its winter flower. A great smaller growing Camellia well suited to many garden projects.

    Camellia 'transnokoensis' 25lt - July

    Camellia ‘transnokoensis’ – Small white flower, 25lt container, 1.5m now

    Interesting Camellia Facts

    Camellias are known to grow 100 and 200 years – the oldest recorded planting that is still living today is in the Panlong Monastry in China – planted in 1347.

    Camellia transnokoensis is native to the central mountains of Taiwan, including the slopes of Mt. Noko as reflected in its name

  2. Winter FLOWERING Cherry – Prunus autumnalis ‘Southern Gem’ (also known as ‘Autumnalis Rosea’)

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    Flowering Winter Cherry with small pink flower fading to white mid winter. Flowers have light fragrance and flower up to 3 times a year including spring and autumn. Attractive vase like form with fine foliage – a lovely soft smaller growing ornamental tree. Popular for avenues, street planting and also with the Wax-eyes and other smaller birds mid-winter.

    PRUNUS autumnalis 'Southern Gem' 1.8m std 45lt - June

    PRUNUS autumnalis ‘Southern Gem’, 45lt container, 1.8m std 2.5-2.8m+ now

    Interesting PRUNUS autumnalis ‘Southern Gem’ Facts

    In Japan, the Prunus – Cherry blossom, or sakura, has been the national flower for centuries and is a symbol for the country itself

    The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. The cherry blossom is known to represent the fragility and the beauty of life.

  3. WINTER Colour – PSEUDOWINTERA colorata – Native Horopito -Pepper Tree

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    Attractive native shrub with fiery red autumn colour particularly in the cooler winter months. The PSEUDOWINTERA colorata Red Leopard selection is known to show off its bright winter colours and creates a lovely compact hardy feature border as shown in these photos. Also does very well as a container plant.

    Native Pepper Tree - PSEUDOWINTERA colorata Red Leopard - June
    PSEUDOWINTERA colorata 'Red Leopard' 8lt - June

    PSEUDOWINTERA colorata ‘Red Leopard’, Native Pepper Tree, 8lt container, approx. 40-50cm

    Also – PSEUDOWINTERA colorata – Native Horopito – Pepper Tree, which is the Native selection forming a compact smaller tree or shrub as shown below.

    PSEUDOWINTERA colorata 8lt - June

    PSEUDOWINTERA colorataNative Horopito – Pepper Tree, 8lt container, approx. 80cm

    PSEUDOWINTERA colorata 25lt - June

    PSEUDOWINTERA colorataNative Horopito – Pepper Tree, 25lt container 1-1.2m

    Interesting PSEUDOWINTERA colorata – Native Horopito/Pepper Tree Facts

    “Is commonly called Pepper Tree or Pepperwood because its leaves have a hot taste

    Horopito has long been used by the by the people of New Zealand both internally and externally for many medicinal purposes

    Native Pepper tree, Horopito is packed full of antifungal compounds and was known to make a spicy, warming tea by early settlers. Infusions of the leaves were known as “bushman’s painkiller” and were drunk to soothe chest complaints and diarrhoea.

  4. The Stately Redwood – SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum

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    Giant Wellingtonia Redwood – A majestic tree with very stately form. Excellent for an avenue with heritage as shown in this planting in Wanaka. These trees were planted approx. 10 years ago and are now looking stunning. A large tree requiring space but providing great heritage in the years to follow…

    Available in a range of sizes now:

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum 25lt - Jan

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum, Giant Wellingtonia Redwood, 25lt container, approx. 1.5m now

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum 80lt - Jan

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum, Giant Wellingtonia Redwood, 80lt container, approx. 2.2m+ now

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum 200lt - Jan

    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteumGiant Wellingtonia Redwood, 200lt container, 3.5m now



    Interesting SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum – Giant Wellingtonia Redwood  Tree Facts

    “These lovely trees Native to USA were first discovered in the mid-19th century”

    The Sequoiadendron were initially given the name Wellingtonia gigantea, which was in reference to the Duke of Wellington who passed away in 1852, although this name was botanically incorrect and was corrected to Sequoiadendron giganteum some years later. However, the first name has held, and is common to be still called Wellingtonia.

    “The bark of the Wellingtonia is fire resistant, which helps it to resist forest fires in its homeland

    “The Sequoiadendron is known to be one of the largest living things on earth. General Sherman is the largest known tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, in the U.S. state of California. By volume, it is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth

  5. FORMAL English Hedging – Taxus Baccata – English Yew

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    Lovely Taxus baccata – English Yew, hedging border example shown here in planting in Queenstown. This long lived plant is associated with years of heritage and shown in many elaborate gardens from past centuries to current plantings. A slower growing tree that creates a hardy dark green formal border well suited to cold areas. Fine foliage trims well for close, tidy from – also well suited for topiary

    TAXUS baccata 3lt - March

    TAXUS baccata, English Yew, 3lt container, approx. 50cm now

    TAXUS baccata 12lt - March

    TAXUS baccataEnglish Yew, 12lt container, approx. 80cm+ now

    TAXUS baccata 25lt - March

    TAXUS baccataEnglish Yew, 25lt container 1.1-1.2m now

    Also we have the lovely Upright Irish yew – Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’

    TAXUS baccata 'Fastigiata' 35lt - Jan

    TAXUS baccata ‘Fastigiata’, Lovely upright form Irish Yew, 35lt container 1.5m+ now


    Interesting TAXUS baccata – English/Irish Yew Tree Facts

    “Taxus -Yew is extraordinarily long-lived and slow-growing, with some trees estimated to be over 3,000 years old.”

    “Taxus is a conifer found many areas of the Northern Hemisphere including western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. It can grow in a wide range of conditions: it is extremely tolerant of temperature, humidity and extremes of acid or alkaline soil; however, it does not grow well in soil that has been compacted by vehicles”

    “Yew wood is very hard-wearing and was used in the Middle Ages to make the traditional English longbow: a weapon that helped the English win famous battles, such as Agincourt in 1415”

    “Recently a chemical found in yew, called taxol, has been found to have anti-cancer effects. They have since been synthesised and are now being used in the treatment of breast, ovarian and lung cancers”

    “The berries are attractive to birds but many other parts of the plant such as the seed dried leaves etc are poisonous”

  6. TREES for Birds

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    Trees for Birds: Tui’s are singing brightly in the trees here at our North Road site despite the very winterish sub-zero temperatures in the south the past 2 weeks. This Tui was captured in trees nearby making a meal of some Cotoneaster berries.

    Ilex – Smooth leaf Holly are a great alternative and good source of winter food for these birds, particularly the Ilex Golden King, Hendersonii, JC van Tol & Handsworth New Silver with their bright red winter berries.

    Also the Arbutus – Irish Strawberry Tree & Sorbus aria – Whitebeam are fantastic winter food providers for the birds.

    Please find our ‘Trees for Birds’ selection as follows:

    ARBUTUS unedo 45lt - Feb
    ARBUTUS unedo (berry) - June

    ARBUTUS unedoIrish Strawberry Tree – A lovely hardy evergreen tree with dark green foliage and flaky brown trunk. Small white bell flowers in summer followed by golden-deep red strawberry like fruits late autumn. A real magnet for the birds! These can be grown as a medium sized evergreen tree and also make a lovely topiary!

    Available now in 35/45lt container, approx. 1.8m

    ILEX aquifolium 'JC Van Tol' 35lt - March
    ILEX aquifolium 'JC Van Tol' (berries) - March

    ILEX aquifolium ‘JC Van Tol’Smooth Leaf Holly – Smooth dark green smooth foliage. Small clusters of red berries late autumn lasting into winter – or as long as the birds let them! A lovely hardy tree suitable as a specimen or tightly clipped hedge or topiary.

    Available now in 12lt container 1.3-1.5m+

    ILEX altaclerensis 'Golden King' 80lt - June

    ILEX altaclerensis ‘Golden King’Green-Yellow foliage – Like its name suggest this tree really stands out majestically in the landscape. Golden margined leaf with bright red berry later autumn into winter. Great specimen or topiary.

    Available now in 80lt container, approx. 2.5m

    ILEX aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’ 80lt - Jan
    ILEX aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’ (berries) - May

    ILEX aquifolium ‘Handsworth New Silver’Silver Margined Holly – Another striking tree with sliver margined leaf and bright red berry late autumn into winter. Creates a fantastic topiary or specimen.

    Available now in 80lt container, approx. 2.5m+

    SORBUS aria 45lt - Jan
    SORBUS aria (berries) - March

    SORBUS ariaWhitebeam, – The popular Whitebeam, Native to Britain, very hardy for wind and coastal conditions as well as inland dry and frost. Clusters of small white flowers mid-summer followed by medium sized golden-amber berry.

    Available now in 35/45lt container, approx. 2.5m+

  7. Autumn Winter Nursery Update

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    Wow quite a week with the cold storm persisting right through the week here in Southland & Otago. No snow yet here at the nursery but very chilly!

    The last of the autumn colour is falling and winter now arrived… The Prunus Shirotae – Mt Fuji leaves above do make quite a pretty carpet… 🙂

    Autumn Winter Update

    Thursday morning’s office view!

    Autumn Winter Update

    And another brisk morning this week!

    ​Lots of Great Looking Trees available now in catalogue below. A great time to secure trees for planting now or later in season.

    Have you seen our video overview of our three Growing Sites?

  8. Cheerful WINTER Flowering – Camellia Setsugekka

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    White Flowering Camellia – Lovely sweetly fragrant white flower early winter. Fills the garden with beautiful fragrance especially when sun is shining on the flowers. Also creates a fantastic evergreen pleached hedge, attractive topiary standard or screen, as shown above.

    Camellia setsugekka topiary std or for pleaching

    CAMELLIA 'Setsugekka' 15lt - May

    CAMELLIA setsugekka 0.8-1m StdWhite Flowering, 15lt container, 1.5m (heads approx 50cm now and bushy)

    Camellia setsugekka bushy hedging grade

    CAMELLIA 'Setsugekka' 25lt - May

    CAMELLIA setsugekkaWhite Flowering, 25lt container, bushy 1.5m

  9. Colour Choice! – AUTUMN COLOUR TREES by Colour

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    Colours of Autumn – Autumn is a beautiful time of year with many amazing colours throughout the trees displaying nature’s beauty.

    To help make it easier to select your colour and tree choice we have included trees into their colour groups as follows; (click on main image to go through to each colour gallery) – enjoy 🙂

    Amber – Tricolour Tree Gallery (click on image below)

    Colours of Autumn - ACER palmatum var. - May

    Stunning ACER palmatum – Japanese Maple in full autumn display in Arrowtown (selection of Maples and Larch displayed in background)

    Claret – Deep Red Gallery (click on image below)

    Stunning Claret Ash - FRAXINUS oxycarpa Raywoodii - Wanaka - April

    FRAXINUS oxycarpa ‘Raywoodii’ – Claret Ash, looking majestic in this Wanaka avenue

    Glorious Gold Gallery (click on image below)

    Norway Maple - ACER platanoides - Arrowtown, April

    ACER platanoides – Norway Maple in this impressive group in Arrowtown

    Red Gallery (click on image below)

    Autumn Colour Tree - LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua 'Worplesdon' - May

    Lovely LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ avenue in Central Otago – a very popular tree with beautiful autumn display!