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Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Grandiflora'

A Daphne relative from China making a small to medium, rounded, deciduous shrub up to about 1.5m tall. Densely clustered, scented, yellow flowers in nodding heads at the tips of the naked branches in late winter or early spring. Each individual flower is clothed on the outside with silvery silky hairs. This form is noticeably larger in all its parts with excellent foliage.

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Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'

Elaeagnus 'Quicksilver'

One of the silveryest of shrubs and hardier than you'll ever need it to be. Fast growing deciduous shrub forming an upright plant if you don't hack it back, which, by the way, it responds admirably to, forming a bushy dome. Sweetly scented small, creamy flowers in early summer. A sun lover, it is very drought tolerant.

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Elaeagnus multiflora

A medium sized deciduous species from China and Japan with leaves pale green above and silvery beneath. Small sweetly fragrant cream flowers borne in April and May scent the air around. They are followed by highly decorative ox-blood red, oblong, edible fruit in July. Very hardy and easy on any well drained soil.

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Elaeagnus umbellatus 'Sweet 'n' Tart' (new)

A vigorous, hardy, sweet smelling deciduous large shrub when the masses of fragrant white flowers are borne in May and June. These are followed by splendidly tasty small red fruit en masse in autumn, which look very fine combined with the leaves; soft green above and silvery beneath.

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Eleutherococcus aff. leucorrhizus PAB 8119 (new)

A semi-scandent shrub to about 2m or more, with compound palmate foliage in the style of Schefflera etc. and white flowers in terminal orbicular umbels in late summer/autumn in the style of Hedera and indeed being followed by large dense orbicular clusters of fat black berries. The stems are clad in well spaced prickles. Found at 1800m on Fanjingshan, Guizhou, China.

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Eleutherococcus sp. (new)

Found on Shirui Peak, E. Manipur, N.E. India this unidentified species is not lax in growth as some are, nor particularly well armed, forming medium sized shrubs with trifoliate foliage and rounded clusters of white flower in summer, followed by black berries. Hardiness untested as yet.

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Escallonia bifida (new)

One of the finest shrubs for late summer and autumn flower, this makes a dense large shrub with glossy dark-green foliage. Large panicles of pure white flowers cover the foliage late in the season. Requires the shelter of a wall away from mild areas.

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Eucalyptus cordata

The Silver Gum hails from SE Tasmania and forms a small tree of dense growth with smooth white bark with purple and green patches. The foliage is beautifully grey-silver, rounded in the juvenile stage and lanceolate as an adult. White flowers are seen in winter, even in the juvenile stage. Often grown as a bedding plant for foliage, but fairly hardy.

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Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila

Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila

'Snow Gum'. One of the most beautiful and certainly one of the hardiest of all Eucalypts, suffering little or no damage even in our very coldest winters. A small tree with very ornamental smooth patchwork peeling bark in green, grey-green and cream. Leathery small leaves on white shoots. Slower growing than most, but still gets on with it.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Ballerina'

A pink selection of the species found by Ken Gillanders in the forests of NW Tasmania in 1991. As usual, this makes a large evergreen shrub, or even a small tree given many years, with slim, elegant foliage, glaucous beneath. Masses of fragrant round, saucer-like flowers, pale pink with a boss of stamens crimson at their base, in July. Neutral/Acid soil.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Chaplin's Variety'

A selected form from Marwood Hill, Devon, of this large, dense, evergreen shrub or small tree with larger and more densely set flowers. Covered in Jun/Jul with fragrant, white, pendulous, round, flowers over dainty narrow foliage, glaucous beneath. Enjoys reasonable shelter and neutral/acid soil.

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Eucryphia lucida 'Dumpling'

A brand new dwarf form of this lovely Tasmanian evergreen shrub. In this variety, selected by Sarah and Julian Sutton of Devon, the plant only reaches about 1m x 1m, considerably smaller than the norm and very suitable for smaller spaces. Flowers are typical, white and fragrant, produced freely in June and July. Neutral to acid soil please.

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Eucryphia milliganii

Eucryphia milliganii

This sought after Tasmanian species is a relatively small grower making a slim tall shrub to small tree eventually. The dainty evergreen foliage is dark green above, pale glaucous beneath, and the flowers are small cups of pure white, freely produced in late summer, even on young plants. Best in neutral to acid soil, not too dry.

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Eucryphia moorei

From SE Australia comes this unusual member of the genus, making a small evergreen tree in the UK with particularly attractive foliage, having up to 13 slender leaflets of the same form as some members of the genus Sorbus. Masses of white flowers, similar to E. lucida, are produced in late summer. For the milder parts of our isles, on neutral to acid soil.

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Eucryphia x hillieri 'Winton'

An evergreen hybrid between E. lucida and E. moorei, raised by chance at Hillier Nurseries of Winchester and rarely offered for sale. Resembling E. lucida in flower with beautiful cup-shaped white flowers in late summer, though more like E. moorei in leaf with pinnate foliage composed of narrow leaflets, but fewer in number. For a sunny sheltered place with cool roots.

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Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

A very handsome dense, columnar, evergreen large shrub or small tree of rapid growth, wreathed in August and September with large round, white flowers. Best with some shelter from wind. I know of a plant that has grown healthily near here in the Cotswolds for about 30 yrs on thin rocky, very alkaline soil. A must for late summer.

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Euonymus aff. myrianthus Slim leaf NJM 11.016 (new)

Found in Guizhou at about 2000m asl, this was a large evergreen shrub to about 3m high with very attractive slim, lanceolate, leathery foliage. Vivid-yellow fruits open to show orange-scarlet seeds. This should be perfectly hardy, especially with some shelter.

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Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

A small, slow growing, deciduous 'Spindle' making a dense shrub, very tolerant of almost any soil. One of the finest shrubs for extremely intense and reliable crimson-pink autumn colour. Branchlets can develop interesting corky wings, and reddish-purple fruit with orange berries are sometimes borne, though are lost in the amazing foliage colour.

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Euonymus fortunei var. minimus

A unique form of the species with tiny evergreen leaves, which, if planted in open ground, will climb/support its own short stems to make peaky mounds. If you plant a drift you end up with a surreal scene reminiscent of Karst limestone landscapes of SE Asia, or even a choppy sea!! Bizarre and fabulous when grown in this way. Bone hardy and easy.

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Euonymus hamiltonianus NJM 11.006

Found at the top of Leigong Shan, Guizhou, China, at 2150m, this represents a new introduction of the genuine species from an obscure area, generally un-botanised by the 'great planthunters'. Making a tough, spreading, deciduous hardy shrub to about 2.5m or more and bearing masses of bright rosy pink capsules in autumn opening to show scarlet-orange seeds.

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