Small tree or large shrub, with delicate fern-like green-grey foliage, and masses of small spherical yellow flowers. Young growth is coloured warm purple. Plant in a sheltered spot, against a south-facing wall preferably. Sun. Frost hardy. H: 3m
Japanese maple. Deciduous, rounded tree with deeply lobed, deep purple leaves turning a brilliant red in the autumn. Fully hardy. Partial shade in a fairly sheltered position preferred on deep and fertile soils. H:2-4m
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
Very pretty, medium to large tree deciduous tree. Green foliage with broad cream margins. Tolerates most conditions and is quite happy in full sun or light shade. Fully hardy. Height up to 12m after perhaps 25 years or so.
Medium sized, vigorous deciduous tree. Highly recommended for fabulous autumn colour where the mid green leaves turn a fantastic rich crimson. Red flowers on bare stems. Perfect on its own or in a group. Full sun or partial shade. Well drained fertile soil. Hardy. H: 5-6m. S: 10m.
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
Lovely spreading small tree with very attractive white flowers in spring, edible black-blue fruits in autumn. Green foliage turns brilliant red in autumn. Fully Hardy. H:5m. Sun or semi-shade. Moist soil preferred.