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Callicarpa psilocalyx NJM 13.057 (new)

A recent collection from Manipur, NE India, where this softly hairy large shrub to about 3m high was showing it's pearly, intense true-purple, relatively small fruit in dense clusters from every leaf axil along the arching stems. Leaves are held in opposite pairs and are comparatively large. This will probably require a fairly warm position away from winter extremes.

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Calycanthus 'Venus' (new)

From creamy-yellow buds open large, Magnolia-like, fruity-scented, multi-tepalled flowers up to 11.5cm across, white with yellow and purple centres, opening from spring to mid-summer. A hybrid Allspice with complex parentage, raised in the USA. Forming a large deciduous shrub, 3x3m eventually, for any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade.

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Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' (new)

Selected for it's truly deliciously fruity fragrance, this Carolina Allspice forms a dense, bushy, medium sized deciduous shrub with a multitude of small deep-maroon flowers borne over a long period in summer over glossy, rich-green, aromatic leaves. For any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade, apparently even tolerant of rather wet soils.

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Camellia 'Night Rider'

New from New Zealand, this is a very slow growing, compact hybrid with an upright growth form. The dark green foliage emerges shiny deep-purple tinted and the mid to late spring flowers are semi-double and deep blood-red. Very suited to either garden or pot culture.

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Camptotheca acuminata

Xi Shu or 'Happy Tree'. Whilst tender when very young this vigorous tree from SW China develops great hardiness with age. Foliage emerges red tinted, turning green with a red stalk and midrib. Flowers are balls of white followed by attractive hemispherical green to yellow fruit clusters, maturing yellow in autumn. Related to Davidia, and in use an as anti-carcinogen.

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Carmichaelia stevensonii

Previously known as Chordospartium stevensonii, this is the pink flowered Weeping broom from New Zealand. Looking entirely dead when very young (straw brown shoots), this matures to be an elegant beauty, making a large shrub with weeping whipcord like branches. Racemes of lilac-pink pea flowers in summer. Hardy in sun and well drained soil.

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Carpenteria californica 'Bodnant'

Tree Anemone. A selected form of this lovely, July flowering, medium sized, evergreen shrub from said famous garden. Masses of larger, round, white flowers with golden centres and good purpley stems. Best in full sun and not necessarily needing a wall as once thought.

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Carpinus fangiana

Carpinus fangiana

Monkeytail Hornbeam. An exciting relatively new intro' from China, with comparatively huge leaves up to 20cm long, bronze when young, with as many as 30 prominent veins. In autumn hung with remarkable and striking pendent fruiting catkins up to 30cm long. Should make a medium sized tree in time. Quite an exceptional new species to cultivation.

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Carpinus fargesiana (new)

Particularly rare in cultivation with merely a handful of young trees in specialist collections, this Chinese and Vietnamese hornbeam is particularly elegant, with pointed mid green leaves on a small to medium sized tree with weeping branchlets. Hardy. This collection from Shanghai Botanic Garden seed.

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Carpinus fargesiana KR 8780 (new)

Particularly rare in cultivation with merely a handful of young trees in specialist collections, this Chinese and Vietnamese hornbeam is particularly elegant, with pointed mid green leaves on a small to medium sized tree with weeping branchlets. Hardy, even through the cold of 2010 etc.. This collection from Ha Giang Province, N. Vietnam.

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Carpinus omeiensis KR 280

Collected originally on Mount Omei, Sichuan, by Keith Rushforth, this remains a very rare species of hornbeam in cultivation, though hardy and attractive with very slender, semi-pendant branchlets. In this collection the small elegant leaves are rich coppery red when young. A small tree to 7m maximum, though it has yet to reach that size in cultivation.

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Carpinus polyneura

Described in Grimshaw and Bayton's 'New Trees' as "another exceptional new tree to cultivation". A very elegant small to medium sized Chinese tree with long slender, semi-pendulous shoots clad with long, pointed, strongly veined leaves, which emerge red and persist very late in the year. Hardy.

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Carpinus pubescens

Carpinus pubescens

An Asian Hornbeam with a naturally weeping habit, new to cultivation, with smallish, dainty foliage, attractively coppery-red on emergence. Grows to 15m in its natural habitat. From SW China and N Vietnam growing at up to 2000m on limestone. This collection from Yunnan, China.

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Carpinus shensiensis

Carpinus shensiensis

Pretty new on the scene, this rare hornbeam from S. Gansu and S. Shanxi, China will make a small to medium sized tree here, with neat foliage emerging deep red flushed. Fruiting clusters to 10cm long. Any reasonable soil. Hardy.

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Carpinus tschonoskii BBJMT 297

A Far Eastern hornbeam making a small to medium sized hardy tree in cultivation. Like most hornbeams this is an elegant, understated tree with simple features; the leaves are finely serrated and with conspicuous venation. The pale grey bark is marked all over with vertical darker 'stretch marks'. Very hardy and tolerant.

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Carrierea calycina PW 84

Carrierea calycina PW 84

This great rarity from Sichuan, China is virtually never available commercially, though is perfectly growable and flowers well in my garden here. A vigorous hardy tree, eventually of medium size with handsome dark green foliage on red petioles and attractive, creamy-white, fruit scented lantern-like flowers in early summer. Related to Idesia and Poliothyrsis.

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Carya illinoinensis

The mighty Pecan of the USA makes only a small to medium tree here and is thought not to be a long term success, though I have watched a tree grow for over twenty years in Stroud, Gloucestershire and it's still in rude health. Perhaps our climate has changed? Handsome, large pinnate leaves with up to 17 leaflets. For a sunny site.

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Carya ovata

The Shagbark hickory from E North America is a very important nut producer over there, though here we mainly grow it for its large handsome pinnate foliage, turning a very rich butter-yellow in autumn, its medium to large size and its handsome form. The bark is distinctive, becoming pale grey, fissured, then curving away from the trunk in stiff shaggy strips.

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Castanea seguinii (new)

A naturally relatively small growing Sweet Chestnut from China with long coarsely serrated handsome foliage. Rarely seen in cultivation, though reaching 18m tall at Borde Hill in Sussex after 80 years. Used for chestnut production in China. Very hardy.

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Catalpa fargesii f. duclouxii

Catalpa fargesii f. duclouxii

This Chinese 'Bean tree' is quite different to the norm due to its spectacular lilac-pink foxglove-like flowers, stained yellow with red-brown spots, borne in large heads in July. Rarely offered, it makes a beautiful, summer flowering, small to medium tree with elegant long-pointed leaves. Any well drained soil in sun. Importantly, these are grafted, for early flowering.

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