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A most unusual plant with a look like no other we can grow in the UK. A tall dense shrub or small tree with linear evergreen needle-like foliage looking more like a conifer, though actually a member of the Protea family from Tasmania and SE Australia. Clusters of attractive white flowers are produced in abundance during April and May. Not for very limy soils.
Halesia monticola var. vestita
This is the finest form of Snowdrop Tree from S.E. USA. A very pretty small spreading tree when seen in May with its naked branches strung with countless clusters of pendulous, white, Snowdrop-like flowers before the leaves emerge. Winged green fruits follow. Requires lime free soil, not too dry, in sun or semi-shade.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Andre' (new)
A new clone, named by the National Collection holder Chris Lane for the Dutchman that raised it. The broad petalled flowers are clear sulphur yellow and usually appear in Jan-Feb. For any reasonable soil.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Aphrodite'
A very large flowered cultivar with slightly fragrant deep-orange flowers borne en-masse in the depths of winter on spreading branches. Autumn colour yellow. For any reasonable soil.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold Promise'
One of the very first clones of this hybrid Witch Hazel ever raised and still highly regarded. A vigorous cultivar making a large wide spreading bush, the branches profusely covered in bright yellow flowers towards the end of winter. Any reasonable soil. Award of Garden Merit.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Aurora' (new)
A seedling of 'Vesna' with possibly 'Pallida' as the other parent, raised in Holland. Very large, strongly fragrant, bronze-yellow flowers in mid-winter, the petals red at their bases shading to yellow at their tips. Leaves turn to orange-yellow or red in autumn. Award of Garden Merit.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Feuerzauber' ('Magic Fire')
A fine old cultivar making a vigorous shrub with strong ascending branches. Leaves are large and rounded and the medium to large flowers are bright coppery-orange, suffused red. For any well drained good soil, but not good on thin chalk.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Nina'
A Danish witch hazel selection with long, clear yellow petals to the flowers, seen in mid to late winter, on a vigorous rounded shrub to 4m tall and of a similar width. Autumn colour is a deep butter yellow.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Orange Peel'
A witch hazel with clear orange sweetly scented large flowers on an shrub to 3.5m high and round, though upright when young. The foliage is orbicular, turning yellow orange and red in autumn and the flowers, as is often the case, are produced in mid to late winter.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Rubin'
Dark red flowers on the bare branches in the depths of winter, best seen against a lighter backdrop. Close to H. japonica in foliage and habit, making a large spreading shrub. For any reasonable soil.
Helwingia chinensis - broad leaf form
One of only 3 members of the Helwingiaceae, this Chinese species is rather similar to H. himalaica though larger. A vigorous evergreen shrub to about 2m or more with rather attractive, glossy foliage, emerging coppery-red and edged with small teeth. Green purple flowers in the centre of the leaf (!) and black fruit. Hardy.
Helwingia chinensis - Narrow leaf form
One of only 3 members of the Helwingiaceae, this Chinese species is rather similar to H. himalaica. Forming a vigorous evergreen shrub to about 2m or more with rather attractive, glossy, willow like foliage, emerging coppery-red and edged with small teeth. Green purple flowers open in the centre of the leaf (!) in summer, followed by black fruit. Hardy.
The 'Seven Son Flower of Zhejiang'. Only introduced from China in 1981 this vigorous, easy, very hardy and attractive large shrub has proved its worth. The foliage has 3 prominent veins and each leaf curls under the branch creating a tube effect. Clusters of scented white starry flowers are borne in late summer, the calyx turning red if it's warm.
Hibiscus sino-syriacus 'Lilac Queen'
Deserving of far wider planting, this is closely related to the common hardy Hibiscus but far superior with much larger sage-green foliage, more vigorous growth and, in this form, beautiful lilac flushed flowers with garnet-red bases. These are also larger than H. syriacus, and with thicker petals. Easy in a sunny position in well drained soil.
Hibiscus sinosyriacus 'Ruby Glow'
A very rarely seen relative of the hardy Hibiscus. This species is from China and has much wider sage-green leaves on a more vigorous, spreading bush, with flowers of a more substantial nature. In this form the white petals have a red base. Full sun in any reasonable soil. This is virtually unknown and should, along with the other clones, be more widely planted.
Hippophae rhamnoides subsp. sinensis LSE 15724 (new)
Very different from the straight species, this rarity from China forms a round headed small tree with a thick trunk and semi-weeping, arching branches. The slightly broader foliage is green above and grey beneath. Very tough and easy, eventually reaching up to about 8m tall with a trunk up to 60cm thick.
Hoheria 'Glory of Amlwch'
A magnificent large, semi-evergreen shrub absolutely smothered in scented white, cherry-blossom like flowers crowded on the stems in late July, early Aug, an otherwise fairly dull time in the garden. Enjoys sun and a little shelter in cold areas. In my experience very good in poor limy soil.
From New Zealand comes this, the smallest leaved member of Hoheria. Makes a tall slim evergreen shrub or small tree with diminutive leaves and masses of starry little white flowers in July/August. Easy in most soils, even very thin ones, and very vigorous too. This is usually a tangle of wiry stems in its early years but then matures and grows up, as it were.
Hoheria sexstylosa 'Stardust'
A more upright, very floriferous form of the species selected by Roy Lancaster. A large vigorous, evergreen shrub smothered in starry white flowers in Jul/Aug. Best with some shelter in cold areas. In flower when most things aren't.
Hoheria x lanceolata Clone 1
H. angustifolia x sexstylosa. A superb, vigorous, upright, perfectly hardy, evergreen large shrub or small tree. The dark green foliage is slim, willowy and lightly lobed on slightly pendulous outer branches, smothered in early August with clouds of fragrant, starry white flowers. This plant has grown into a very handsome specimen with me on poor limestone soil. A favourite.
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