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  1. 🍾 CORKSCREW Hazel – CORYLUS avellana ‘Contorta’

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    Corkscrew Hazel - CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' (foliage) - Jan
    Corkscrew Hazel - CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' (foliage) - Jan

    This amazing tree has a unique branching habit with its growth almost doubling back and tying knots on itself as shown above – giving it a variety of names including ‘Corkscrew Hazel, Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick or Tortured Hazel’. The branching structure really standing out over winter with its cool form.

    Has pretty golden flower tassels early spring as shown now in blossom

    A rare, neat smaller tree with attitude! 😁


    Available now as follows:

    CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' 25lt - Sept

    CORYLUS avellana ‘Contorta’ 1.5m Std, Corkscrew Hazel, 25lt container at 1.8m now

    CORYLUS avellana 'Contorta' 60lt - Sept

    CORYLUS avellana ‘Contorta’ 1.5m Std, Corkscrew Hazel, 60lt container at 2m now

  2. Magnificent MAGNOLIAS! 🌸🌹

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    Wow that beautiful time of year again… Magnificent Magnolias looking stunning with their larger tulip like blooms and beautiful light perfume fragrance, wafting through the garden on those lovely still spring days.

    A great tree for the smaller garden as well as larger open spaces as shown with lovely large old Magnolia in Queens Park in photos below. Some of these trees must be close to 100 years old!

    A large variety of forms and colours available as follows to suit many planting projects.


    MAGNOLIA kobus – Hardy White Flowering Magnolia

    MAGNOLIA kobus - Sept
    MAGNOLIA kobus 135lt - Sept

    MAGNOLIA kobus – Hardy White Flowering Magnoliashown in 135lt container at 3m now

    …also available in 45lt container 2.5m


    MAGNOLIA ‘Red As/Strawberry Fields’

    MAGNOLIA 'Red As' - Sept

    This beautiful form with abundance of strawberry-blush pink tulip like flowers covering the tree as shown with this majestic old specimen in Queens Park, Invercargill. Also beautiful fragrant flower.

    MAGNOLIA 'Red As' - Sept, Invercargill

    MAGNOLIA ‘Red As/Strawberry Fields’ – Blush Pink-Red flower

    MAGNOLIA 'Red As' 35lt - March

    MAGNOLIA ‘Red As’- Blush Pink-Red Magnolia, 35lt container at 2m now

    MAGNOLIA 'Ians Red' - Sept, Invercargill

    MAGNOLIA stellata – Star Magnolia

    MAGNOLIA stellata - Oct
    MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star' 35lt - Sept

    These attractive smaller growing Magnolia have a star shaped finely petaled flower with lovely fragrance. Great for the smaller garden, a neat feature tree.

    Available in white & deep red/purple flower

    MAGNOLIA stellata ‘Waterlily’ – Neat White Star Flower, 15-20lt container at 1.2m+

    MAGNOLIA ‘Burgundy Star’ Deep Red Magnolia, 35lt container at 2m

    MAGNOLIA stellata - Oct, Invercargill

    Lovely specimen shown at Queens Park, Invercargill


    MAGNOLIA ‘Honey Tulip’ – Golden Tulip Magnolia

    MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip' 35lt - Jan
    MAGNOLIA 'Honey Tulip' - Sept

    MAGNOLIA ‘Honey Tulip’ – Golden-Tulip Flower 35lt container at 2m now


    MAGNOLIA ‘Ian’s Red’ – Deep Purple/Red Magnolia

    MAGNOLIA 'Ians Red' 80lt - Sept
    MAGNOLIA 'Ians Red' - Sept

    This is one of the most popular and standout Magnificent Magnolias with stunning deep purple/red tight wineglass shaped blooms. A real neat tree

    MAGNOLIA ‘Ian’s Red’ Deep Red Magnolia, 80lt container at 3m

  3. PHOTINIA ‘Red Robin’ 🐦Stds & Hedge

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    Hedging Photinia – Popular recognized evergreen with fiery red new foliage. Quick growing and hardy. Also creates a lovely standard as shown with these specimens above with new red spring foliage. These lovely standards are approx. 7-8 year old.

    PHOTINIA fraseri ‘Red Robin’ 1.2m Std – Lollypop std, 35lt container 1.2m std 2m+


    Also available in hedging grade as follows:

    PHOTINIA fraseri 'Red Robin' 25lt - August

    PHOTINIA fraseri ‘Red Robin’ Evergreen Hedging, 25lt container, 1.5-1.8m

  4. 🌸 Attractive FLOWERING Trees for Birds 🐦🕊

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    Flowering Trees for Birds – Magnolias are now starting to show off their lovely blooms and filling gardens with attractive perfume. Native Kereru – Wood Pigeon shown feasting on the Magnolia denudata, also lovely specimen flowering here at Hamilton’s beautiful gardens.


    Magnolia varieties…

    MAGNOLIA denudata - August, Hamilton

    Stunning older specimens shown above (Magnolia denudata – Yulan Magnolia) at Hamilton gardens in flower and below (Magnolia soulangeana) at University of Otago grounds, Dunedin.

    Magnolias available in a range of colours and forms – please enquire here

    MAGNOLIA soulangeana - December, Dunedin

    OLEA varieties – Ornamental/Fruiting Olive

    OLEA var - August

    The Olea – Olive Tree has attractive fine foliage and small flower mid-summer. This lovelyNative Korimako – Bellbird sunning itself in early spring sun

    OLEA var - Dec, Wanaka

    Create a fantastic grove and great screening tree as shown at this lovely property above.

    Olea – Fruiting Olives available in a range of varieties and sizes.

    OLEA var - August

    OLEA ‘El Greco’ – Ornamental/Fruiting Olive Tree shown in project supplied in Frankton Queenstown. This selection has done well and has a nice compact form, ideal for shaping. Also popular with the Wax-eyes 🙂

    OLEA var - May, Queenstown

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple Leaf Ornamental Plum

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ - August

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple Leaf Ornamental Plum, the earliest into blossom with cheerful pale pink-white blossom. Another magnet for the Native Kereru – Wood Pigeon

    Purple Flowering Plum - PRUNUS cerasifera 'Thundercloud' - Aug, Invercargill

    Creates a lovely avenue or grove planting as shown in project supplied below. Attractive deep purple foliage in summer.

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ - March, Christchurch

    PRUNUS yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry

    PRUNUS yedoensis - Sept

    PRUNUS yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry, a real favourite with stunning vase like form and full pale pink-white blossom mid-late September. Always a magnet for the Native Tui and has a lovely fragrant blossom.

    PRUNUS yedoensis - Sept, Invercargill

    Beautiful specimen and for group & avenues as shown above & below.

    PRUNUS yedoensis - Sept, Queenstown

    SOPHORA – Native Kowhai

    SOPHORA microphylla - August

    Many Sophora – Native Kowhai in full early flower this spring. These beautiful golden bell shape flowers attract Tui, Bellbird and many other birds from far and wide. A real cheerful Native Tree to suit many garden situations.

    SOPHORA microphylla - Sept, Wanaka

    Lovely lakeside specimens shown in Lake Wanaka above and beautiful specimens supplied in carpark plantings below.

    SOPHORA microphylla - Jan, Cromwell
  5. 🌸 PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’

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    Ornamental Flowering Plum – This very popular ornamental tree (also very popular with the Native Kereru – Wood Pigeon! 🕊) is one of the first trees into blossom in spring – a welcome sign! 🌞

    Photos of both the Native Kereru – Wood Pigeon, feasting on the flowers and lovely older specimen trees at University of Otago taken earlier this week.

    A stunning tree with one of the darkest purple foliage and attractive dark coloured trunk and branch tips. A great specimen or smaller to medium sized avenue tree.

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ - August, Dunedin

    Lovely older specimen trees at University of Otago, Dunedin in early blossom this week.

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ - August

    Beautiful Native Kereru – Wood Pigeon also making the most of early spring delicacy!


    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple Leaf Ornamental Plum

    PRUNUS cerasifera 'Thundercloud' 45lt - Jan

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple Leaf Ornamental Flowering Plum (shown in full leaf) 35/45lt container  at 2.5m+ now

    – also available in 80lt 3-3.5m size – please enquire

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ - March, Christchurch

    Attractive grove/avenue planting looking great (now planted approx 5 years).

  6. RATA’S Pics of the Week ☃️😲

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    Hardy Trees & Shrubs – A blanketing of snow earlier this week made for a beautiful scenes around Southland. Also a coating on the local Oreti Beach!

    Has been a while since have seen snow like this in the deep south, especially down to seas level. A welcome top up for the ski fields!

    Also the nursery getting a good coating, keeping those trees well-conditioned and hardy…

    Snow Campaign 2019 | Easy Big Trees

    Some Hardy Trees & Shrubs looking great in the snow as follows...


    Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gumball’ – ‘Lollipop Liquidambar’

    LIQUIDAMBAR styraciflua ‘Gumball’ 45lt - August

    Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gumball’ 1.5m Std, Lollipop Liquidambar, 45lt root pouch container at 2m+

    Hardy Trees & Shrubs | Snow Campaign 2019 | Easy Big Trees

    Younger trees receiving winter initiation…


    Prunus lusitanica – Std Portugal Laurel

    PRUNUS lusitanica Stds 80lt - August

    Prunus lusitanica 1-1.2m StdStd Portugal Laurel, 80lt container at 2m+

    Snow Campaign 2019 | Easy Big Trees
  7. POLLARDING Planes – PLATANUS acerifolia – London Plane

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    London Plane Tree – This rather mystical looking living formation is a popular tree form used extensively in Europe & Britain. Creates real character as shown in this beautiful example (photo taken in winter) in Rotorua, NZ. This example could be 80+ years old.

    A fantastic way to include a lovely larger tree like the Platanus acerifolia – London Plane, in smaller areas from street plantings (as shown in photo in Alexandra) and in courtyards & public spaces. A form with real character!

    PLATANUS acerifolia (pollarded) - Hamner

    This attractive group is in Hamner, Canterbury.

    PLATANUS acerifolia (pollarded) - Alexandra

    And with autumn colours – Alexandra – Central Otago.

    Available now in established grades suitable for natural form or pollarding as follows:

    PLATANUS acerifolia 45lt - March
    London Plane Tree - PLATANUS acerifolia 45lt - Jan

    PLATANUS acerifolia, London Plane, 45lt container at 2.5-3m+

    (heights are measured from top of container, Rata is a guide for size)

    PLATANUS acerifolia 80lt - Jan

    PLATANUS acerifolia, London Plane, 80lt container at 4m now

    (heights are measured from top of container, Rata is a guide for size)

  8. SOPHORA – Native Kowhai 🎶

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    NZ Native Kowhai – Sophora – the attractive golden bell like flower a magnet for Tui’s, Bellbird’s & Wax-eye. The Tui’s & Bellbirds very active in gardens right now with some Kowhai already in full bloom.

    Also another golden effort from Kiwi Teams this past week! – Well done the Silver Ferns! 🏐 👍😁

    The Native Tui’s & Bellbirds have been very busy and filling the nursery with 🎶 this past week. I’m sure they (as well as us) feel that spring is almost here!!! 🌼 This Tui pic was captured recently in Queens Park.

    The Native Kowhai – Sophora are an excellent magnet for these beautiful birds. Some of our trees here in the nursery are in full bloom right now as shown in photo below. Plant this great native tree in your garden today.

    SOPHORA microphylla – large 80lt grade

    SOPHORA microphylla 80lt - July

    The above trees lovely large 80lt grade in full flower right now are all sold – please enquire regarding contract growing these larger sizes for your project.

    SOPHORA microphylla 45lt - Jan
    SOPHORA microphylla 25lt - Dec

    SOPHORA microphylla – NZ Native Kowhai, 45lt container, at 2.5m now (left pic)

    SOPHORA microphylla – NZ Native Kowhai, 25lt container, at 2m now (right pic)

    (Heights are measured from top of container, Rata is a guide for size)

  9. PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium ‘Black Magic’🏏

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    WOW! what a valiant effort by the ‘Black Caps’! 🏏

    A close and well fought match…top marks to the team!

    I must say these neat Pittosporum tenuifolium Black Magic caught my eye this week following the Black Caps great effort. Stunning deep purple, aptly named ‘Black Magic’. Lovely hardy variety with tight compact form. Also cool contrasting fresh green new foliage in spring.

    Creates a striking smaller hedge or border!

    PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium 'Black Magic' 25lt - July

    PITTOSPORUM tenuifolium Black Magic’, Deep Purple Native Pittosporum25lt container at 1-1.2m

  10. 🌸 – PRUNUS – Blossoming Cherry’s

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    Hard to believe we are in the middle of winter right now… some days this week feeling so much like spring it brings on thoughts of the soon to be beautiful blossoming cherries 🌞

    These trees have a fantastic display of colour throughout the seasons including these stunning Prunus yedoensis – Yoshino Cherry shown above, in blaze of autumn colour and again in blossom below – this variety is one of our most popular flowering cherry trees.

    PRUNUS yedoensis - Wanaka, September

    Plant your Blossoming Cherries now to enjoy the full beauty and benefits of blossom display in the coming spring.


    PRUNUS ‘Mountain Haze’ – White Cloud Blossom

    PRUNUS 'Mountain Haze' 45lt - Oct
    PRUNUS Mountain Haze 45lt - April PRUNUS 'Mountain Haze' 45lt - April

    PRUNUS ‘Mountain Haze’ 1.8m Std – White Cloud blossom45lt container, 2.5m+

    This compact form blossoming cherry tree has a full white blossom creating a mass of white cloud like blaze of colour mid-September. Great selection for smaller gardens

    Lovely examples show below in Arrowtown (supplied & planted ex 80lt 3m+ grade)

    Blossoming Cherries | PRUNUS - Wanaka, April

    Also many other blossoming cherry tree varieties and colours available now – please enquire