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  1. 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' - Sept

    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 - Sept

    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…

  2. 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)

  4. HELLO Spring!

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    Spring Flowering Trees – Spring has sprung with colour showing around. Some trees flowering up to 2-3 weeks early here in the south!

    Prunus ‘Thundercloud’ in full bloom above earlier this week…

    MAGNOLIA denudata (flower) - Aug
    MAGNOLIA 'Burgundy Star' (flower) - Aug

    The Magnolias are especially attractive with their fragrant blooms early spring.

    MAGNOLIA denudata
    White Flowering Magnolia
    35/45lt container, 2.5m
    80lt container, 2.5-3m

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

    PRUNUS subhirtella 'Pendula Rosea' (flowers) - Aug
    PYRUS calleryana 'Candelabra' (flower) - Aug

    Prunus Pendula Rosea with bring pink flowers on weeping pendulous branches… The Pyrus looking pretty with clusters of white flowers set against attractive new lime green foliage.

    PRUNUS subhirtella ‘Pendula Rosea’
    Weeping Rose Bud Cherry 1.8m Std
    45lt container, 2m+
    80lt container, 2.2m
    135lt container, 2.5m

    PYRUS calleryana ‘Candelabra’
    Columnar Ornamental Pear
    35lt container, 2.5m+
    80lt container, 3.5m

    MAGNOLIA 'Vulcan' (flower) - Aug
    CAMELLIA 'Gay Baby' (flower) - Aug

    Magnolia Vulcan – deep purple tulip flower and strong tree form.

    Camellia ‘Gay Baby’ – bright smaller pink flowers early spring.

    MAGNOLIA ‘Vulcan’
    Deep Red Flower
    35lt container, 2m+

    CAMELLIA ‘Gay Baby’
    Deep Pink Flower
    14lt container, 1.5m

  5. FLOWERING Quince – Chaenomeles speciosa

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    Chaenomeles speciosa – Chinese or Japanese Flowering Quince have a lovely early spring flower display. The Chaenomeles genus belongs to the rose family. These trees are native to the higher altitude woodlands of Japan & China. Lovely hardy, smaller ornamental tree.

    Chaenomeles speciosa 'Chinese or Japanese Flowering Quince' - 1.5m std - 80lt - August

    CHAENOMELES speciosa – Chinese or Japanese Quince, 80lt container, 1.5m standard

    Interesting CHAENOMELES speciosa Facts

    “The chaenomeles genus belongs to the rose family”

    These trees are native to the high altitude woodlands of Japan and China.

    “Often have small fruit suitable for making liqueurs, as well as marmalade, preserves and jellies. Chaenomeles contain more pectin than apples and true quinces. The fruit contains more vitamin C than lemons

    “Plant foliage is and has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The fruit is used to treat arthritis, leg oedema and calf muscle cramps”

  6. Super Size Tree Delivery from the Harrison Heritage Range…

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    These trees are from our Harrisons Heritage Range. As part of the Harrison’s growing legacy of now over 100 years of growing, we are pleased to be able to offer these lovely 12-15 year old trees in larger 1000lt-2000lt+ sizes.

    These trees make a fantastic impression and provide instant results for your project. They are also useful in providing instant shade for schools, playgrounds or to enhance your property.

    Sorbus aria – Whitebeam – 1000lt 5-6m grade (15 year old)

    Harrisons Heritage Range - SORBUS aria 1000lt - June

    SORBUS aria – Whitebeam, 1000lt container, 6.5m now

    Sorbus aria – Whitebeam are a lovely hardy tree native to Britain & Europe. Creates a well rounded tree with attractive silver green foliage in summer and clusters of white flower followed by golden to crimson berries in autumn. A great specimen tree.

    Harrisons Heritage Range - Supersize Tree Delivery

    Request our current Harrison’s Heritage Large Grade Tree Range on this link now

    A recent delivery of Sorbus aria SUPERSIZE Harrison Heritage Range 1000lt Trees…

    Harrisons Heritage Range - Supersize Tree Delivery

    These lovely big trees were craned into position…hard to believe its a 1000lt 5-6m tree on the end of that crane!!!

    Harrisons Heritage Range - Supersize Tree Delivery

    Now positioned in its new home 🙂

    Harrisons Heritage Range - SORBUS aria

    Ask how we can provide you with these SUPERSIZE Trees today!

  7. Winter ARTISTRY…

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    Cold Hardy Trees – The cooler clear mornings have been working their magic with the trees, coating them in a silver sparkly glow… Makes for interesting photography and lovely hardy trees!

    Click on the links to find out more…

    Cold Hardy Trees - FAGUS sylvatica (winter foliage) - August
    QUERCUS robur (winter foliage) - August
    PODOCARPUS totara (winter foliage) - August
    NOTHOFAGUS menziesii (winter foliage) - August
    ILEX meserveae 'Blue Prince' (winter foliage) - August
    PHOTINIA fraseri 'Red Robin' (winter foliage) - August
    SEQUOIADENDRON giganteum (winter foliage) - August
  8. BLOSSOM time is nearly here!!! – PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple Leaf Plum

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    Ornamental Plum – Spring seems very close now with the blossom about to display its beauty…

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ – Purple leaf Ornamental Plum is one of the first to appear late August (although is looking to be earlier this year??)

    A beautiful tree with striking deep purple foliage during summer and a lovely, slightly fragrant, light pink-white blossom early spring.

    Street plantings showing the blossoming beauty, always a welcome sign in the deep south!

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

    Lovely 35/45lt 2.5-3m grade shown in leaf below earlier this year…

    PRUNUS cerasifera 'Thundercloud' 45lt - Jan

    PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’, Purple Leaf Plum35/45lt grade @2.5m now

    Interesting PRUNUS cerasifera ‘Thundercloud’ Facts

    Native to Persia & Asia it was in 1880 that this plant was introduced to the western world by M. Pissard, who brought it from Persia to France

  9. OSMANTHUS fragrans – Sweet Olive or Tea Olive

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    Osmanthus fragrans – This unique hardy plant has a beautifully fragrant small white flower late autumn/early winter. Native to Asia, this tree is known to have special qualities with its oil providing mental stimulus and soothing abilities. The oil from this plant is used as a significant component in the making of perfumes and cosmetics.

    Lovely dark green foliage similar to smooth leaf Holly (also available in purpleleaf variety below) Can be clipped as a tight hardy hedge or as a smaller evergreen shrub or tree. Include this lovely unique plant in your landscape!

    OSMANTHUS fragrans - 80lt - July

    OSMANTHUS fragrans, Sweet Olive or Tea Olive, 80lt grade @2.5m now

    OSMANTHUS heterophyllus ‘Purpurea’, Purpleleaf Sweet Olive or Tea Olive

    OSMANTHUS heterophyllus 'Purpurea'

    OSMANTHUS heterophyllus ‘Purpurea’Purple Sweet Olive or Tea Olive, 25lt grade @1.3m now

    The above variety has a purple underside and slightly finer leaf than its close relation, the Osmanthus fragrans.


    Interesting Osmanthus Facts

    Osmanthus fragrans, also known as sweet osmanthus, sweet olive, tea olive, and fragrant olive, is a species native to Asia from the Himalayas through southern China to Taiwan and southern Japan

    The generic name Osmanthus comes from the Greek osma, meaning fragrant, and anthos, meaning flower. Osmanthus fragrans certainly lives up to this name well, having exquisitely fragrant flowers”

    “Osmanthus oil is a potent mental stimulator providing signals of happiness to the brain when inhaled. It is a significant component in the creation of designer perfumes and cosmetics. The aromatherapy properties of Osmanthus essential oil are not only comforting but also soothing