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  1. FLOWERING Hawthorn – CRATAEGUS laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’

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    Scarlet Flowering Hawthorn – A lovely smaller to medium tree with stunning deep scarlet to deep pink flower rosettes late spring. In full glory now as shown in this avenue above. Hardy tree well suited to heat and dry as well as colder climates. This variety is grafted and non-spreading.

    CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet' (flower) - Oct

    CRATAEGUS laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’, Scarlet Hawthorn in flower now…!!!


    Lovely larger 80lt grade trees available as follows (approx. 8-10 year old trees)

    CRATAEGUS laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet' 80lt - Oct

    CRATAEGUS laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’, Scarlet Hawthorn, 80lt container at 3m+


    Interesting Crataegus Facts

    Crataegus laevigata, known as the midland hawthorn or English hawthorn is a species of hawthorn native to western and central Europe, from Great Britain and Spain east to the Czech Republic and Hungary. It is also in North Africa

    Paul’s Scarlet’ and ‘Rosea Flore Pleno’ varieties have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

  2. COPPER-PURPLE – FAGUS sylvatica ‘Purpurea’

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    Copper Beech Tree – This stately tree stands out beautifully with fresh fiery red new spring foliage. Foliage darkens to deeper purple during the summer.

    A beautiful park or specimen as shown above and also creates a standout hedge that can be kept as low as 1.2m for a striking garden border.

    FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea' 35lt - Oct
    FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea' (foliage) - Oct

    FAGUS sylvatica ‘Purpurea’Copper Beech, 35lt container at 2m+

    FAGUS sylvatica 'Purpurea' 80lt - Oct

    FAGUS sylvatica ‘Purpurea’Copper Beech, 80lt container at 2.5-3m

    MAJESTIC – Rivers Copper Beech – FAGUS sylvatica ‘Riversii’

    FAGUS sylvatica 'Riversii' 200lt - Oct

    This lovely variety has a larger leaf turning deep purple almost black over summer. Also will drop all foliage over winter

    FAGUS sylvatica ‘Riversii’Rivers Copper Beech, 200lt container at 4-4.5m

  3. GRANDEUR Elm – ULMUS varieties

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    Large Elms – Ulmus, are beautiful trees providing many benefits and value for years…

    These are available in a variety of forms including the majestic Ulmus glabra ‘Horizontalis’ – Horizontal/Spreading Elm as above to the glowing Ulmus Louis van ‘Houtte’ – Golden Elm.

    All of these are long lived trees that provides benefits for generations.

    ULMUS glabra 'Horizontalis' 135lt - Oct

    ULMUS glabra ‘Horizontalis’ – Horizontal Elm 

    2.5m Std – 45lt container at 2.8-3m, 40mm calliper

    2m Std – 135lt container at 2.8m, 60mm calliper


    Ulmus ‘Louis van Houtte’ – Golden Elm

    ULMUS procera 'Louis Van Houtte' - Oct

    Showing in full blossom early October in this lovely avenue.

    Attractive lime gold foliage over summer providing great colour especially during duller days. Also a fantastic shade tree.

    ULMUS procera 'Louis Van Houtte' 135lt - March

    ULMUS procera ‘Louis Van Houtte’ – Golden Elm

    35/45lt container at 2.5-3m, 40mm calliper

    135lt container at 4m, 60mm calliper


    ULMUS glabra ‘Pendula’ – Weeping or Camperdownii Elm

    ULMUS glabra 'Pendula' - Oct, Invercargill

    Majestic tree shown to full glory above with this 80+ year old specimen providing welcome shade to this preschool.

    ULMUS glabra 'Pendula' 135lt - Oct
    ULMUS glabra 'Pendula' (blossom) - Oct

    ULMUS glabra ‘Pendula’ – Weeping or Camperdownii Elm

    2m Std – 135lt container at 2.5m, 80mm calliper

    2m Std – 300lt container at 2.8m, 110mm calliper

    ULMUS Facts

    The wood of elm trees is softer than other hardwood trees. Elm trees are therefore classified as soft hardwoods

    “Some of the best Ulmus glabra ‘Horizontalis’ examples in the world are seen in Southern NZ”

  4. LUSH Maples… ACER palmatum – Japanese Maples

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    Japanese Maple Trees – Lovely setting courtesy of the beautiful Dunedin Botanic Gardens with a great display of Japanese Maples including ACER palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ – Weeping Deep Purple Maple and ACER palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’ – Weeping Green Japanese Maple. These trees look stunning this time of the year with their new spring foliage. Acer palmatum varieties – Japanese Maple also look great combined with Native Tree & Shrub plantings.

    Available in a great range of colours & forms as follows…

    ACER palmatum 'Orangeola' - 35lt - Oct

    ACER palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’ – Weeping Japanese Maple

    Lovely cascading form with attractive new copper to crimson growth.

    25/35lt container at 1.5m, 25mm calliper

    ACER palmatum dissectum 'Tamukeyama' - 35lt - Oct

    ACER palmatum dissectum ‘Tamukeyama’ – Weeping Deep Purple Maple

    Popular deep purple form.

    1m Std – 35/45lt container at 1.2m, 30mm calliper

    ACER palmatum dissectum ' Viridis' - 35lt - Oct

    ACER palmatum dissectum ‘Viridis’ 1m Std – Weeping Green Japanese Maple

    Lush Green form, combines and contrasts well with the other colours

    25/35lt container at 1.5m, 25mm calliper

    ACER palmatum 'Shindeshojo' - 25lt - Oct

    ACER palmatum ‘Shindeshojo’ – Compact Japanese Maple

    Very compact grower with fiery red foliage

    25lt container at 1.6-1.8m, 20mm calliper

    ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood' - 35lt - Oct
    ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood' - Leaves - Oct

    ACER palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ – Deep Red Japanese Maple

    One of our most popular

    35/45lt container at 2-2.3m, 30mm calliper

    80lt container at 3m, 40mm calliper

    135lt container at 3.5m, 50mm calliper

    ACER palmatum - Oct

    ACER palmatum – Japanese Maple

    35/45lt container at 2.2-2.5m, 35mm calliper

    80lt container at 3m+, 50mm calliper

    ACER palmatum 'Senkaki' - 35lt - Oct
    ACER palmatum 'Senkaki' - Leaves - Oct

    ACER palmatum ‘Senkaki’ – Coral Bark Maple

    Beatiful coral bark contrasting with the pink edge lined lush green folliage

    25lt container at 2.2-2.5m, 25mm calliper


    ACER palmatum – Japanese Maple, Interesting Facts

    “Acer palmatum, commonly known as palmate maple, Japanese maple or smooth Japanese-maple, is a species of woody tree native to Japan, China, Korea, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia” 

    “The first specimen of Acer from Japan reached England in 1820 and was named Acer palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves”

    “The Japanese word “momiji” is sometimes applied to this tree in its native land. The word is said to have two meanings, both of them appropriate for the description of this lovely tree: “baby’s hands” and “becomes crimson leaves.”

  5. PRUNUS ‘Shimidsu Sakura’… lovely spreading White Flowering Cherry

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    Spreading Flowering Cherry – A stunning example above of the PRUNUS ‘Shimidsu Sakura’ – Moonlight Cherry in full bloom, used in a park setting in Oamaru…

    The PRUNUS Shimidsu Sakura is one of the smaller growing flowering cherries that can be used as an avenue or statement tree. It flowers producing large clusters of white blooms through Oct/Nov… is one of the later flowering cherries. Has a spreading habit which means it is also an ideal shade tree.


    Currently have excellent numbers of this tree available as below:

    PRUNUS serrulata 'Shimidsu Sakura' 45lt - Nov

    PRUNUS serrulata ‘Shimidsu Sakura’ – Moonlight Cherry 

    1.8m Std, 35/45lt container at 2.5m, 40mm calliper

    1.8m Std, 80lt container at 3-3.5m, 50mm calliper

    PRUNUS serrulata 'Shimidsu Sakura' (blossom) - Nov

    Flowering Cherry Fun Facts

    • Cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower – these pale blooms are a symbol of more than just spring…they stand for renewal and hope.
    • Neither Washington D.C. nor Japan hold the title of “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.”… instead its Macon, Georgia, USA, which is home to 300,000 cherry blossom trees.
    • Cherry Blossoms make up the best-selling fragrance in the USA… thirty million units of the mixture of cherry blossoms, crisp pears, mimosa petals, and sweet sandalwood are sold each year.
  6. VIDEO of Spring Colour!

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    Spring Colour – A brief video to enjoy, displaying the beautiful spring colour the past few weeks!

    Please also click on any of the following links for further information and to enquire about any of these lovely trees.

    PRUNUS 'Accolade' - September
    PRUNUS subhirtella 'Falling Snow' (flower) - Oct
    PRUNUS 'Mountain Haze' (blossom) - Oct
    PRUNUS serrulata 'Kanzan' - Flowers in October
    PRUNUS serrulata 'Kiku Shidare Sakura' (flower) - Oct
    PRUNUS cerasifera 'Thundercloud' - Sept
    PRUNUS serrulata 'Ukon' - Sept
    PRUNUS serrulata 'Shiroate' - Blossom - Sept
    PRUNUS serrulata 'Tai Haku' (blossom) - Oct
    PRUNUS yedoensis - Sept

    PRUNUS yedoensis  – enjoyed by the the Native Tui’s en masse this year!

    MALUS domestica 'Flamingo' - Oct
    MALUS domestica 'Flamingo' - Flower - Oct
    MALUS floribunda - Flower - Oct
    MALUS 'Red Jade' 35lt - October

    MALUS floribunda

    PYRUS salicifolia 'Pendula' - Flower - Oct
    PYRUS calleryana 'Candelabra' - Flower - Sept
    ULMUS glabra 'Pendula' - Oct

    ULMUS glabra ‘Pendula’ a beautiful tree, fantastic for providing attractive shade during the summer months.

    Interesting Facts

    “In addition to the benefits flowers provide to our local ecosystem, they also greatly benefit humans. The natural bugs and birds that flowers attract help keep our environment healthy”

    “While not every flower follows the sun, heliotropic or sun-tracking flowers move throughout the day, absorbing as much light as possible, while phototropic plants grow toward the sun”

  7. Magnificent MAGNOLIAS!

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    Flowering Magnolias – A wonderful flowering season for the Magnolia this year!

    After a rather windy, wild week in the south the blooms are now a memory… Stunning larger blooms cover the trees and also have a beautiful light perfume. A great tree for the smaller garden as well as larger open spaces as shown with these large old Magnolia in Queens Park earlier this month. Some of these trees must be close to 100 years old!

    Magnolia - September, Spring Slider

    A Kererū – Native Wood Pigeon tucking into Magnolia denudata – Yulan Magnolia flowers!

    Lovely Range of colours and flower forms available…

    MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star' and MAGNOLIA 'Black Tulip' - Sept

    MAGNOLIA ‘Burgundy Star’ and MAGNOLIA ‘Black Tulip‘.

    MAGNOLIA soulangeana and MAGNOLA 'Kobus'

    MAGNOLIA soulangeana and MAGNOLA ‘Kobus’

    MAGNOLIA denudata and MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip' - Sept

    MAGNOLIA denudata and MAGNOLIA ‘Honey Tulip’

    See below for a list of Magnolia’s looking good – available now!

    MAGNOLIA ‘Black Tulip’- Red Flowering Magnolia – 80lt at 2.5-3m

    MAGNOLIA ‘Burgundy Star’ – Deep Red Flower – 35lt at 2m+

    MAGNOLIA ‘Cleopatra’ – Purple Flowering Magnolia – 25lt at 1.8m+

    MAGNOLIA denudata ‘Gere’ – White Flowering Magnolia – 35lt at 2.2m

    MAGNOLIA ‘Honey Tulip’ – Golden-honey Flower – 35lt at 3m

    MAGNOLIA ‘Ians Red’ – Deciduous Magnolia – 135lt at 3m

    MAGNOLIA ‘Vulcan’ – Deep Red Flower – 35lt at 2m+

    MAGNOLIA ‘Kobus’ – White Flower – 45lt at 2.5m

    MAGNOLIA ‘Kobus’- White Flower – 135lt at 3m+

    MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Blanchard’ –  Evergreen Magnolia – 35/45lt at 2-2.3m

    MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Blanchard’ –  Evergreen Magnolia – 80lt at 2.5-2.8m

    MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’ – Evergreen Magnolia – 35lt at 1.7m

    MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ – Evergreen Magnolia – 35lt at 1.5-1.8m

    Interesting Magnolia Facts 

    Magnolias symbolize dignity and nobility. In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness. Also white magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride’s purity and nobility.

    Magnolia trees originate from Southeast Asia and North America, but are now almost in all continents in the world because of their beauty.

  8. WOW, an interesting start to the week!

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    Blossoming Avenue Trees – Winter made a visit to the deep south this week with very heavy snowfall in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka (photo above in Crown Range area). We seemed to miss out here in Invercargill but received a good drop of rain which was much needed here at the nursery…

    Blossoms in full bloom looking stunning set against the snow

    PRUNUS ‘Accolade’ – Pink Flowering Cherry, early spring double blossom with attractive vase form. See available sizes below.

    1.8m Std, 35/45lt at 2.5m+, 40mm calliper

    1.5/1.8m Std, 80lt at 3-3.5m+, 50-60mm calliper

    PRUNUS yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry, early blush pink-white blossom and attractive vase – spreading from. See available sizes below.

    1.5-1.8m Std, 45lt at 2.5-3m+ 40-50mm calliper

    1.8m Std, 80lt at 3.5m+, 70mm calliper

    Our NEW Spring – Summer Catalogue is available now! Call us on 0508 215 215 to request a copy. There are now over 75,000 trees & shrubs in the nursery that look great and are ready to plant now for instant results that will be sure to impress…

  9. Camellia COLOUR!

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    Camellias – a popular plant for centuries. Lovely attractive flowers late winter – early spring, some sweetly fragrant. Also very popular for hedging, creating a lovely tight and formal hedge.

    Available now in larger sizes and range of colours as follows;


    CAMELLIA ‘setsugekka’ – White Flowering, 35/45lt, 1.5m+ 

    The most popular white Camellia, flowering mid-late winter, fantastic hedger and topiary standard.

    CAMELLIA ‘transnokoensis’ – Small White Flower, 25lt, 1.5m 

    Lovely, newer variety with fine foliage and small white flower late winter, early spring. Creates a neat clipped hedge.

    Soft Pinks – White

    CAMELLIA ‘Fairy Blush’ – Pink Flowering, 25lt, 1.5m+

    Attractive deep pink buds opening to smaller white, sweetly fragrant flower early spring. Also great for hedging.

    Deep Pinks

    CAMELLIA ‘Spring Festival’ – Small Pink Flower, 25lt, 1.5m  (L)

    Popular pink medium sized formal flower early spring – aptly named ‘Spring Festival’!

    CAMELLIA ‘Gay Baby’ – Deep Pink Flower, 14lt, 1.5m  (R) 

    Striking deep pink formal flower late winter early spring, topiary with a difference!

    Deep Reds

    CAMELLIA ‘Les Jury’ – Red Flowering, 25lt, 1.5m+

    Popular upright form with formal deep, red flower early spring. A great upright hedger.

    Interesting CAMELLIA Facts

    Camellias are from Theaceae, the tea family native to southern and eastern parts of Asia. Most notably China, Japan, Korea, India and Indonesia”

    “Camellias can be found growing at altitudes of up to 5,000 feet. These plants grow best in cool areas, particularly moist, well-drained soil in the partial shade


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    White Flowering Cherry – This beautiful Prunus is one of our most popular Flowering Cherries. Attractive vase to spreading form and masses of cloud-like white blossom early spring. Trees here in the nursery are just breaking into flower as i type…

    A very popular street tree here in the south with one of the hardiest forms. A very versatile and attractive garden, park and street tree.

    PRUNUS yedoensis (blossom) - Sept

    Masses of single white, sweetly almond scented blossoms early spring…

    PRUNUS yedoensis 45lt - Sept

    PRUNUS yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry – available now in 1.8m std 45lt 2.5-3m or 2.1m Standard, 45lt container, 3-3.5m now

    Interesting PRUNUS yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry Facts

    Regarded one of the most spectacular of flowering trees, the Yoshino cherry, Prunus x yedoensis, is highly celebrated for its thousands of showy, almond-scented blossoms coming out all at once along its bare branches in early spring

    Yoshino cherry is believed to be native to Yoshino District” 

    “Naraimei Fujino gave Yoshino cherry the name Somei-yoshino after the famous place of cultivation Somei village (now known as Toshima)