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A most desirable and rarely available Styrax relative from China. A small tree for neutral to acid soil bearing pendent clusters of softly fragrant, cup-shaped, slightly pink tinged white flowers with conspicuous exserted yellow anthers in May. Cocktail sausage sized, ribbed, bright red, dangling fruit hang from the branches in autumn. Foliage tinted in autumn.
A most unusual Buckthorn, very rarely seen, and certainly the most striking species, coming from the Caucasus where most plant types have their most outstanding, vigorous, healthy species. A hardy medium sized to large shrub with very bold foliage on stout shoots, the leaves sometimes up to 35cm long and 10cm wide, bronze-purple in autumn. Not for a dry site.
Rhododendron aff. arizelum KR 10420 (new)
A collection from Arunachal Pradesh. One of the finer large leaved species; leaf undersides covered in rich cinnamon velvety indumentum. Flowers very variable in colour, being cream to deep yellow, white, or pale to deep pink. The gorgeous bark is pink to reddish brown. A large shrub to small tree in the right conditions. Hardy over most of the UK with shelter.
Rhododendron aff. kendrickii KR 10359 (new)
A collection from Arunachal Pradesh of what appears to be this species. This was a small tree found at 1922m asl. Flowers should be dense rounded trusses of pink, scarlet or crimson flowers, sometimes with darker spots. Leaves are glossy deep green and lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate. Rare in cultivation. For milder gardens
Rhododendron arizelum (new)
A collection from Far NW Yunnan. One of the finer large leaved species; leaf undersides covered in rich cinnamon velvety indumentum. Flowers very variable in colour, being cream to deep yellow, white, or pale to deep pink. The gorgeous bark is pink to reddish brown. A large shrub to small tree in the right conditions. Hardy over most of the UK with shelter.
Rhododendron boothii Mishmiense Group KR 10716 (new)
A rare opportunity to purchase this epiphytic species from Arunachal Pradesh and SE Tibet. This collection found growing at c.2800m asl in Arunachal Pradesh. A shrub 1.5 to 2.5m tall with densely bristly branches and heads of yellow flowers with red spots. New foliage deep red, becoming very thick textured and green. For milder gardens or pot culture.
Rhododendron johnstoneanum NJM 12.068 (new)
From the summit of Khayangphung, Manipur at 2800m asl, smack on the border with Burma. A large evergreen shrub of the Maddenia Subsect., the dark green foliage with a bristly margin and densely golden scaly beneath. Open faced sweetly scented white flowers blotched yellow in the throat emerge from primrose buds. Hardy in mild gardens.
Rhododendron sinofalconeri NJM 09.137 (new)
A collection from Fan Si Pan, N. Vietnam at 2300m asl where it grew as a 7m high small tree. Introduced to the UK in only 1992, this has proven completely hardy, even in Scotland. Large leathery obovate foliage to 32cm long is beige underneath and the large trusses of bell-shaped flowers are pale-yellow, seen in April and May.
Rhus potaninii (new)
One of the finest small trees for brilliant red autumn colour, receiving an Award of Merit for such. Leaflets toothed in juvenility, becoming entire in adulthood. Vigorous in youth and reaching about 10m at maturity. Good in most soils, acid or alkaline and perfectly hardy. Rarely flowers or fruits in the UK.
An invaluable winter flowering evergreen small shrub. Leathery foliage is overlain with a multitude of pale green flower clusters in Feb-March. Excellent in sun or shade. Flower arrangers love it. Easy.
Ribes laurifolium 'Mrs Amy Doncaster'
A more compact and floriferous variety of this invaluable winter flowering evergreen small shrub. Leathery foliage is overlain with a multitude of pale green flower clusters in Feb-March. Excellent in sun or shade. Flower arrangers love it. Easy.
Rosa sericea subsp. omeiensis PAB 2883
Recently collected in Bhutan by Paul Barney, this form of a variable species has over eleven leaflets to each ferny-looking leaf and bizarre looking fruit, having the stalk enlarged and fleshy like the fruit, forming an elongated hip in red and yellow, seen in summer. Flowers are white with usually four petals. Makes a tough, medium sized, dense shrub with prickly stems.
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
A fine form with intensely azure blue flowers often produced in winter over particularly broad leaves, on an upright bushy specimen to about 1m. Requires a sheltered sunny site on well drained soil. A superb form, though not for very cold areas.
An endemic Chinese lightly suckering shrub, new to Western cultivation. A member of the mint family, it bears masses of long, pendulous inflorescences of lilac-pink flowers from whitish buds in summer. Foliage is slim and white hairy under, contrasting with the burgundy stems. Easy in sun and well drained soil, this reaches about 2.5m high. Hardy to below -10c.
Rostrinucula dependens NJM 11.072
My collection of this lightly suckering shrub from Guizhou, SW China. Newish to Western cultivation, it bears masses of long, pendulous inflorescences of lilac-pink flowers from whitish buds in late summer. The slim green foliage is less hairy on the underside in this form. Easy in sun and well drained soil, this reaches about 2.5m high. Hardy to below -10c.
Rubus lineatus from Nagaland (new)
One of the finest of foliage plants, up there with Neolitsea, Schefflera etc, with extremely attractive leaves in the style of a Schefflera, but with the 5 leaflets conspicuously and densely parallel veined, green above and silvery, shining, silky beneath. A virtually spineless, multistemmed semi-evergreen shrub to 2m, for a sheltered corner.
The 'Wineberry' makes a delicious addition to the ornamental garden, for it indeed makes an attractive plant as well as bearing bunches of tasty, distinctively flavoured, bright orange red fruits in late summer. The bristly red arching stems are superb in winter and reach up to 3m, and the large trifoliate leaves are white felted beneath. Easy and hardy.
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