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Taiwania cryptomerioides (new)
A magnificent conifer from N Burma, N Vietnam, SW China and Taiwan, where it makes trees up to 50m high, though a much smaller thing here. The largest so far in the UK is 21m tall, though it is rarely seen. A very conical tree with drooping branchlets densely clothed in glaucous-green sickle shaped foliage in the style of Cryptomeria. For a sheltered site.
Tasmania (syn. Drimys) lanceolata
A slender, upright, medium sized, evergreen shrub with attractive copper tinted new growth and numerous small, creamy white flowers in April/May. The slim, relatively small dark green leaves contrast with the purple-red stems and are aromatic if crushed. Best with some shelter. From cold areas of SE Australia and Tasmania.
Taxodium huegelii NJM 09.037 (syn. T. mucronatum)
The Mexican Swamp Cypress is such a fabulously charismatic tree in the wild where it forms a slightly more pendant branch habit than its American cousin and trees of vast trunk sizes can be found. Kew has a 100yr old specimen, so it's hardy. Easy at pond edge or in ordinary well drained soil. Seed for these was collected in Coahuila State.
Tetradium austrosinense NJM 09.215
A new introduction to cultivation, collected in the mountains of N. Vietnam. A particularly attractive member of the genus, probably forming a small tree under UK conditions. Handsome pinnate leaves flush with red tints, have striking ruby-red petioles and rachis, and the leaflets on the upper growth are pink-red on the reverse. Flowers late summer.
A neglected but invaluable fast growing small to medium sized hardy tree from the far east. Corymbs of flowers borne in late summer/early autumn, creamy white, pungently scented and attractive to all manner of beneficial insects, giving way to fat clusters of burgundy seed capsules. Large pinnate leaves and smooth grey bark.
Tetradium daniellii Korean form (new)
A superior form of this fast growing small to medium sized hardy tree from the Far East. Corymbs of flowers borne in late summer/early autumn, creamy white, pungently scented and attractive to all manner of beneficial insects, giving way to fat clusters of burgundy seed capsules. Large pinnate leaves, turning yellow in autumn, and smooth grey bark.
A fine, relatively new addition to our gardens. This species, from a wide area across Eastern Asia, makes a fast growing small to medium sized deciduous tree. The pinnate foliage has ruby red petioles and rachis and has an arresting, pungent aroma when brushed. Heads of small pale flowers in late summer followed by very attractive clusters of bright red fruit.
Tetrapanax papyrifera 'Rex'
This form of this mega-exotic looking gem has immensely impressive foliage, spectacularly massive with great claw like lobes. Grow it in a sheltered site where it should reach 4m. It will be fairly hardy there but will shoot strongly from the roots if cut back by cold, or secateurs. It will also sucker a fair bit when established but these are easily removed. Fabulous.
Teucrium fruticans 'Compactum'
A dwarf, neat, compact form of the Mediterranean 'Shrubby Germander'. Makes a small evergreen shrub for a sunny well drained spot against a wall. The stems and undersides of the leaves are covered in very fine white hairs giving the plant a greyish appearance and the flowers are pale blue in terminal racemes throughout summer.
Tilia 'Harold Hillier' (new)
A vigorous hybrid lime raised in 1973 and thought to be T. japonica 'Ernest Wilson' x T. mongolica. A medium sized tree of conical habit, the leaves are rather maple-like with three prominent lobes and bristle-tipped teeth, dark green above and grey-green beneath, turning to a rich butter-yellow in autumn. Clean of aphids in summer. 16m high after 40 years.
Very rarely seen, this hybrid lime is a beauty. The broad rounded foliage is grey underneath and clothes the arching, slightly pendent branches fully, giving a luscious healthy appearance. Vigorous growth, large clusters of fragrant flowers in late summer and simple unpretentious elegance. A medium to large tree, best suited to the bigger garden.
Tilia 'Varsaviensis' (new)
Discovered in Warsaw in the early 20th century, this is either a cultivar or hybrid of Tilia tomentosa, forming a fast growing hardy tree with a conical dense crown form and leaves green above and grey beneath. The very strongly scented cream-yellow flowers are seen in summer and cast their fragrance on the wind. Very tough and easy, making a large tree eventually
Tilia aff. oliveri Hers 2808
A Tilia collected quite some time ago in China, this great rarity has survived in only one or two places in the UK, until now. Desired by tree buffs who've seen it, this is an elegant thing with heart shaped foliage, grey under, on a crown of sweeping, semi-weeping branches. Fully hardy and easy, like most Tilia. A small to medium size tree.
Tilia amurensis from Korea (new)
A tree with a large distribution in the Far East and up to 35m tall in the wild. In this country one can expect a medium sized tree to about half that height. Some forms from the north end of the wild range are difficult to grow here, but this clone from Korea makes a healthy tree with a rounded crown, cordate foliage and heavily scented flowers in late summer.
Tilia callidonta (new)
Particularly rare in cultivation and also in the wild, this collection was introduced from Sichuan. A tree to 20m in the wild with a broad crown where well lit, though maybe smaller in cultivation. The leaves are dark green above and covered below with a dense layer of greyish green tomentum.
Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla (syn. monticola) (new)
Very distinct from all other species in the white hairy backs to the huge foliage that emerge with a deep maroon tint, making a truly spectacular sight. From the Eastern USA and one of the finest limes in cultivation, but very rarely seen and for no good reason. Splendid specimens can be seen at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. Up to 20m or so.
Tilia chinensis - from Muli, Sichuan
A rarely encountered species with rather unique flaking bark on older trees. Leaves are broadly ovate, sharply toothed with slender-pointed tips and red petioles. Makes a distinct, small to medium sized tree. Hardy and easy, though very rarely seen. This is genuine wild source material from Muli, Sichuan, China
Tilia chinensis F30558
A rarely encountered species with rather unique flaking bark on older trees. Leaves are broadly ovate, sharply toothed with slender-pointed tips and red petioles. Makes a distinct, small to medium sized tree. Hardy and easy, though very rarely seen. This is a genuine original George Forrest collection, propagated vegetatively.
One of the many Chinese species, introduced into Ireland in 1938, but remaining very rare in cultivation. A hardy small to medium sized deciduous tree to perhaps 11m tall. Flowering in late July and early August. Foliage large on vigorous young trees, settling down to ovate leaves with small tufts of hair in the vein axils beneath. As elegant as any Tilia.
Tilia concinna (new)
A new species, only described in 2012, but found by Hers in China in 1919 and cultivated at Kew for 70 years. This is a tree to about 15m tall with a broad rounded crown and bold cordate foliage, green above and grey beneath. Close to both T. oliveri and T. miqueliana.
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