Japanese maple. An extremely elegant, mound-forming, small deciduous tree. Deeply cut leaves turn golden in autumn, Plant in a spot that is sheltered from cold winds; dappled shade preferred. AGM. Fully hardy. 2m
Indian Horse Chestnut. A magnificent specimen tree. Young foliage flushed bronze, matures to deep green and turns orange and yellow in autumn. Very large panicles of pink-white flowers in early summer. (Not susceptible to the leaf miner.) Fully hardy. H: 10-15m. Sun or semi-shade
Deciduous open small tree/shrub. Attractive bronze young leaves which turn dark green then yellow in autumn. Panicles of red centred white flowers in late summer-autumn. H:3-4m. Full sun. Well drained soil. Hardy.
Conical deciduous tree with shiny deep green leaves. Long green catkins in late winter. Unusually for alders, will tolerate dry conditions but prefers moisture. Native to Corsica and mainland Italy. Fully hardy. H:15m
Introduced from China in 1901, with bright orange-red peeling bark and good foliage. Fully hardy, and growing to around 6-8m. Birches thrive on moister soils and young tree respond very well to being watered in their first season or two. Extremely hardy and wind resistant. H:6-8m
Large and vigorous deciduous tree. . Long glossy green leaves, attractive yellowish male catkins up to 15cm in length, followed by spiny fruits containing edible nuts in the autumn. Will thrive in either sun or partial shade on any reasonably good soil. Potentially very large so provide plenty of room! RHS AGM H:30m.
Indian Bean Tree. Native to SE USA, with very large deep heart-shaped green leaves. Very pretty, fragrant pea-like white flowers in summer followed by pendant 'bean' seed pods. Fully Hardy H: 8-10m. AGM
Very attractive spreading deciduous tree. Large ovate leaves which are purplish-black when young maturing to dark green. White flowers in upright panicles followed by slender pods. H:15m. Full sun. Hardy.
This is one of the best blue conifers and a popular specimen tree. It grows steadily to a large size, with the characteristic, open branch pattern clothed in short glaucous-blue needles. Fully hardy. H: up to 20m
Large, hardy, ornamental tree, closely related to elms. Pointed and serrated mid-green leaves, and sweet, red and then purple berries, much appreciated by birds in the autumn. In time will form a hansome tree with a rounded crown and satisfyingly gnarled bark on the trunk. H:8-10m in 20-25 years