Six New Trees and More to Come…

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The Gardening Group had planned to pay for these trees, but the Islington Tree department have very kindly found Section 106 money for them; courtesy of John Ryan, Head of Department; so the Friend‚Äôs Group can now spend that money allocated for the trees on other planting ‚Äď which is amazing!

All trees, with the exception of two Prunus Avium Plena are now planted, these two will go in over the next week or so.

DUNCAN TERRACE GARDENS                        

Acer Cappadocicum                                                                               [ x 2 trees]

Location: Duncan Terrace side, between 28 & 29

and 31 & 32 Duncan Terrace

https://www.vdberk.co.uk/trees/acer-cappadocicum/

A lovely medium-sized tree [a wonderful example can be seenin the Cambridge Botanic Gardens]; a golden orb in Autumn as each of the opposite, palmate leaves turn a rich yellow. The lobes of each leaf are very elegantly pointed. This tree is native to Turkey and Asia.

Another distinctive feature of the tree is the bright red young leaves that emerge in early Spring, before turning green in summer and then back to red, gold and yellow in the Autumn. It likes a sheltered position so does well tucked away in park and woodland collections.

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Parrotia Persica, Vanessa [Persian Parrot] RHS Garden of Merit Award 

Location: Colebrooke Row side; exactly opposite Wideford House entrance 

Tree Description:

Incredible autumn colour and large glossy, deeply-ribbed mid-green foliage that turn vibrant shade of yellow, orange, red and purple in autumn making a magnificent kaleidoscopic display. Holding its leaves for a long time, the autumn display is often extended for several weeks.

This stunning show is followed by clusters of witch hazel-like ruby-red flowers on bare branches from February-March that will still look fresh after a heavy coating of snow. The flowers are actually petal-less and what you see is the red stamens. The bark is silvery grey and as the tree reaches maturity it flakes, revealing shades of pink, green and yellow young bark. This beautiful short-trunked, spreading tree will grow to 6 x 4 metres in 20 years and has almost horizontal branches. Parrotia persica is an absolutely spectacular specimen tree that is comfortable in low light and therefore perfect for this situation.

https://www.ornamental-trees.co.uk/parrotia-persica-tree-p417

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Prunus Avium Plena; Spectacular Double-flowered cherry   [2 trees to be planted]

Location: Wideford House bed [Colebrooke Row side] and opposite no 8-9 Duncan Terrace                                                                      

Tree Description:

Prunus avium ‘Plena’ is a striking¬†flowering cherry tree¬†with big, double white flowers that droop in clusters all over the branches in April-May, complimented by a canvas of dark-green leaves which turn a vibrant crimson before falling in the autumn. These blousy flowers are followed by small reddish-purple fruits in the autumn. One already planted in Duncan Terrace Gardens opp. 6 Duncan Terrace.¬†Prunus avium ‘Plena’ can grow well in urban sites as it is pollution tolerant.

https://www.ornamental-trees.co.uk/prunus-avium-plena-tree-p205

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Prunus x Subhirtella Autumnalis ‚Äst Winter-flowering cherry¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†

Location: Wide bed, Colebrooke Row side,  at the City Road entrance.

Two trees are proposed either side of the current plum cherry which has had to be severely cut back, given die-back; this tree is likely to need to be replaced within 3-5 years. One P. S.A tree to be planted now ‚Äď Winter 2018, a second in due course following the 3-year review.

Tree Description

Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ has rosy pink flowers opening from dark pink buds, fading slightly to soft pink as they age. The semi-double blooms appear intermittently from November-March creating a long-lasting display in winter months. Flowers are followed by small fruit popular with the birds.

The dark-green foliage of this small tree makes a good foil for other plants before turning to fiery yellow, orange and red in autumn. Ideal for smaller spaces, ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ will grow to 4 x 4 metres in 20 years. Tolerant of pollution, this pink flowering¬†Winter Cherry tree¬†is ideal for an urban situation. A fantastic tree giving spectacular year-round interest.

https://www.ornamental-trees.co.uk/prunus-subhirtella-autumnalis-rosea-tree-p225

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