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Salix aff. moupinense

An ornamental shrubby willow, found in N. Vietnam, having deep red stems in winter and bright green, relatively large, lanceolate leaves with pale white glaucous undersides and red petioles, the red bleeding into the leaf midrib. A medium to large shrub, though can be pruned back hard for a smaller size. Extremely rare in cultivation. Previously sold as S. radinostachya.

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Salix capusii

Virtually unknown in cultivation, this very attractive willow from C. Asia was introduced by John Whitehead and makes a large shrub with very pretty grey-blue particularly narrow foliage. Could be kept much smaller of course with annual or biannual pruning. Very hardy and easy.

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Salix gracilistyla 'Mt Aso'

New from Japan, where it is used for cut stems in the floristry industry, this is in effect a pink flowered pussy willow. Large dark-pink flower buds open to show soft furry, silvery pink catkins before the leaves emerge in early spring. Making a vigorous medium sized shrub, this can be kept smaller by cutting to the ground each year after flowering. Very hardy, tough and easy.

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Salix magnifica (male)

Salix magnifica (male)

A very distinct willow; thought to be a Magnolia when first discovered in China by Wilson in 1909. Forms a hardy large shrub with broad leaves, sometimes up to 20cm long and 13 cm wide, and striking long catkins in spring. Any reasonable soil, best if not too dry. These are male, which bear far superior catkins in spring - red in bud, opening with bright yellow pollen.

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Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea

Virtually unknown in cultivation in the UK, this is really very beautiful in fruit. The Blue Elderberry from the Western USA does what it says on the tin. Highly attractive bright pale-sky-blue berries are borne in large bunches in late summer/autumn. Otherwise it is rather similar in most ways to our tough old native, though the foliage is a tad more attractive.

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

A dwarf evergreen shrub and one of the finest forms of Christmas Box, with long, narrow foliage on purple stems and pink tinged white flowers, small, but very sweetly scented and borne in profusion in the middle of winter. Best positioned near your front door where you'll get the full benefit. Very shade and lime tolerant.

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna Crinkle leaf

A dwarf evergreen shrub and one of the finest forms of Christmas Box, with long, narrow foliage, crinkled in this unusual form, on purple stems and pink tinged white flowers, small, but very sweetly scented and borne in profusion in the middle of winter. Best positioned near your front door where you'll get the full benefit. Very shade and lime tolerant, if needed.

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Sarcococca orientalis

A Christmas Box introduced from E China by Roy Lancaster in 1980. Comparatively large, broad green leaves and pink tinged white flowers borne en masse in mid-winter, earlier than most and producing a wonderful sweet fragrance, so best planted near a door or path. An evergreen shrub to about 1m, for virtually any soil or position. Very shade tolerant.

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Sarcococca ruscifolia var. chinensis 'Dragon Gate'

A relatively new form of this hardy and tolerant, dwarf, evergreen shrub collected in 1980 by Roy Lancaster from W China. The leaves differ from the norm by being narrow with a long pointed tip, but the flowers are typically small, white, deliciously fragrant and borne en masse in the depths of winter. Very easy to please, in sun or shade, acid or alkaline soil.

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Sarcococca wallichii from Manipur 1 (new)

A fairly tall member of the genus, forming an evergreen shrub to 1.5m high, with fragrant white flowers borne from the leaf axils in autumn, winter or spring, depending on your climate. Leaves are large for a Sarcococca. For a sheltered position in semi-shade or sun.

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Sarcococca wallichii from Manipur 2 (new)

A tall growing species with comparatively large leaves, reaching about 1.5m high with short racemes of wonderfully sweetly scented white flowers (up to 12 flowers per raceme) borne in the leaf axils up the stems in autumn, winter or spring, depending on your climate. For a sheltered position in semi-shade or sun.

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Sassafras albidum

Sassafras albidum

An unusual and very distinct small to medium, conical, aromatic tree from the Eastern USA, with leaves variously lobed or entire, like a Mulberry, pale under and colouring well in autumn. Small clusters of greenish-yellow flowers in spring are quietly charming. Requires a lime-free soil. Grows best in the southern half of Britain, but even better on the continent.

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Schefflera aff. alpina NJM 09.140

Sold incorrectly as S. chapana. A high altitude collection from N. Vietnam of this highly desirable large shrub in the Aralia family. Leathery leaflets radiate in groups of seven from long petioles and heads of purple tinged flowers in early autumn make way for bloomy black fruit. One of the hardier species, favouring upland areas in the wild.

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Schefflera aff. brevipedicellata NJM 10.102

A rather hardy and relatively small growing elegant species, to about 1.8m, from N. Vietnam, where it is found at around 2000m asl in semi-shade. Compound palmate foliage variably has an extra rank of one or two leaflets above the others. Comparatively large and showy panicles of white flowers in late summer, adored by insects. Surprisingly tough in Dec 2010.

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Schefflera delavayi

One of the most handsome and potentially hardiest of the Schefflera now grown in the UK. A variable species in the wild it would seem, but this form bears glossy, rich green leaves composed usually of five leaflets, often mildly lobed when young. Spectacular large terminal heads of small white flowers in summer. A large shrub or small tree for a sheltered spot.

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Schefflera rhododendrifolia (syn. impressa)

One of the hardiest members of this most desirable genus of evergreen shrubs or small trees, surviving, with shelter, even the very coldest winters of recent years in inland gardens. Leaflets are variably lobed on young plants, but not in adulthood as they mature into large compound palmate foliage. A large shrub (or even small tree) of very exotic appearance.

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Schefflera shweliensis NJM 13.130 (new)

Very closely related to S. taiwaniana, this rarity hails from the Eastern Himalaya and these were found in Nagaland, NE India. Superb trees to approx. 20m high are found in the wild, with beautiful glossy evergreen foliage with usually nine leaflets. This will make a much smaller tree in the UK. Hardly any plants are grown in the UK so ultimate hardiness is unknown.

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Schefflera sp. from Yunnan (new)

An unidentified species as yet, with very beautiful slim shallowly lobed leaflets when juvenile, turning to still slim, but unlobed when mature. Expect some hardiness, but I have no idea how much. Found on Cangshan Mt, near Dali, at apparently 3000m altitude, this is almost definitely the first offering ever of this species in the UK.

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Schefflera sp. nova NJM 13.118

This recent find from high altitude in Nagaland is apparently an undescribed new species. Sharing the forest at over 2700m asl with Rhododendron macabeanum, this made a small tree to about 10m in the largest specimens, but most often much smaller. Compound palmate leaves with lightly toothed leaflets green above and grey hairy beneath.

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Schefflera sp. nova NJM 13.128

This recent find from high altitude in Nagaland is apparently an undescribed new species. Sharing the forest at over 2700m asl with Rhododendron macabeanum, this made a small tree to about 10m in the largest specimens, but most often much smaller. Compound palmate leaves with lightly toothed leaflets green above and grey hairy beneath.

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