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Other trees

Below is listed some of the deciduous plants we have used as small trees or  have kept to a small size!. The list does include many trees which are not acers (maples). However, we especially use many varieties of acer palmatum (Japanese maple) as small trees and during the autumn their leaves become our “autumn flowers”. Just a few of the acer palmatum varieties that we use as small trees are listed below, whilst others  are included in our acer set:


Acer cappadocicum 'Aureum'

Acer Capillipes (Red Snakebark Maple)

Acer davidii (Père David's Maple), a snake bark maple

Acer freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’ ( is a hybrid  of red (A. rubrum) and silver (A. saccharinum) maple

Acer griseum (Paper Bark Maple)


Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Villa Tarranto’

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’

Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’

Acer palmatum Senkaki/Sango kaku (one of the Coral Bark Maples)

Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'


Betula Utilis Jacquemontii Multistemmed (Himalayan Birch or Silver Birch)

Cytisus Battandieri (Pineapple Broom Tree)

Cornus Florida forma ‘Rubra’ (Pink Dogwood)

Eriobotrya japonica ‘Tanaka’ (Loquat, Nispero, Japanese Medlar, Japanese Plum)

Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) 'Dawyck Purple'

Fagus Sylvatica 'Rohanii' (Purple Fern Leaf Beech)

Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum tree)

Magnolia Grandiflora (Southern Magnolia)

Magnolia stellata 'Rosea'

Magnolia ‘Susan’ (M. liliiflora ‘Nigra’ x M. stellata ‘Rosea’)

Magnolia tripetala (umbrella tree)

Sorbus Cashmiriana (Kashmir Rowan)

Sorbus Commixta ‘Embley’ (Chinese Scarlet Rowan)

Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda'

Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'


We use many conifers  as small trees and keep them to size by  careful annual pruning. See confer set however, here are three from the conifer set as an example:


Cedar Atlantica! (Blue Atlas Cedar - Cedrus atlantica Glauca)

Picea Orientalis 'Aurea Spicata'  (Aurea Oriental spruce)

Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata Aurea’ (Golden Irish yew tree)

Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) 'Dawyck Purple'

The is a relatively rare, architectural tree with striking, deep purple foliage.  Initially in spring the foliage is red before turning deep purple. In autumn the  leaves turn a copper colour.   We planted our fastigiate Beech tree in 1990  and in recent years we  have maintained it to a height  of around 3.5 m (11ft) and width 60cm (2ft).  ‘Dawyck Purple’ Beech would normally grow to 10m (33ft) in height  x 3m (10ft) in width in 20 years and, at full maturity, up to 20m (66ft) in height x 6m (20ft) in width!

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