Medium Sized Trees
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Click to enlarge Acer (Maple) Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' An old time favourite that just keeps on amazing me. An under appreciated tree. A tree that when autumn comes around says 'Look at me! Forget all the fancy new kids on the block, it's going to take a lot to displace me as one of the best autumn trees.' Soft green foliage that adds to a garden in a very subtle way.
Click to enlarge Acer (Maple) Acer platanoides 'Crimson Sentry' Acer 'Crimson Sentry' has deep purple foliage, it retains a very formal erect shape and has great autumn colour. A brilliant contrast to green summer foliage. Tolerates medium levels of drought and would be a great addition to any back or front garden. Highly recommended.
Click to enlarge Acer (Maple) Acer truncatum x A. platanoides 'Warrenred' Pacific SunsetPBR symbol One of the new maples on the world market. Light green very glossy foliage that forms a small / medium round tree with high levels of drought tolerance. Lovely autumn colour. I predict that both Pacific Sunset and Norwegian Sunset will be very widely planted in Australian conditions, both in the home garden and in streetscapes.
Click to enlarge Gleditsia Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis 'Elegantissima' GREAT tree, fern like, dark green glossy foliage. Drought, heat tolerant. A tree that I admire every time I see it. If you want a small, narrow tree that is heat and drought tolerant, this one will be hard to beat.
Click to enlarge Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora 'MGTIG' Greenback®PBR symbol Rated by experts throughout the world as the best Magnolia grandiflora on the market currently. Flowers like all M. grandiflora types. The main advantage of Greenback is its tight upright habit that gives a very formal appearance. Hedges extremely well and can be used as a very effective screen. The name 'Greenback' comes from the colour of the back of the leaves, which is a change from the other cultivars of Magnolia grandiflora.
Click to enlarge Malus (Crab Apple) Malus 'Sutyzam' - Sugar Tyme™ Recently released new crab apple. Masses and masses of white flowers in spring. A real traffic stopper! (Should be banned as a street tree, could cause traffic accidents.) Small bright red crab apples hang on the tree into winter, giving interest once the foliage has dropped. Plant it!
Click to enlarge Malus (Crab Apple) Malus ioensis 'Plena' A tree that I consider the Grandma. Elicits feelings of warmth, cosiness and yet still with great presence. The most popular of all crab apples for decades, large, beautiful white flowers, small / medium round headed tree.
Click to enlarge Parrotia Parrotia persica Very under planted tree, beautiful light green / grey / yellow foliage that hangs from the branches with a very laconic feel. Renowned for its varied autumn colours, where it seems that nothing controls the colours and when they appear. A tree worthy of far greater recognition.
Click to enlarge Pyrus Pyrus betulaefolia 'Southworth' Dancer™ The foliage of Pyrus Dancer™ has a silver glow. It is a tree that handles all types of conditions. Almost fits into the small garden tree category. One of its features is the appearance that it has a contorted limb structure, giving this tree year round interest. Retains its foliage late into winter.
Click to enlarge Pyrus Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer ® The tree that has everything! The closest thing to the perfect tree I have found. Loves wet waterlogged soils, loves drought, heat, a whole range of conditions. Wonderful display of small white flowers in spring followed by small inconspicuous fruit. The shape of Pyrus Chanticleer is narrow and uniform, which makes it a very good avenue tree. Autumn colour ranges from reds to purples, oranges and yellows. A tree that should be planted in multiples to add a real design feature to any space.