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Buddleja megalocephala BSWJ 9106

Buddleja megalocephala BSWJ 9106

A new introduction from very high altitude in Guatemala where it grew up to 5m tall at 3350m alt. Long narrow foliage has particularly white hairy undersides and the terminal heads of yellow turning deep burnt orange flowers are produced in ball shaped clusters, much in the same way as B. globosa. This will no doubt be best tried in a sheltered corner.

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Buddleja myriantha

An unusual species from W China and Burma, this makes a medium sized shrub, the lance shaped leaves with a soft yellow-beige hair beneath. Terminal panicles of purplish flowers are produced in late summer, the individual flowers downy on the outside. Hardy in sun and well drained soil.

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Buddleja paniculata (new)

A rarely available species, native to the Himalaya, where it forms a large deciduous shrub. Panicles of pale-lilac flowers in summer over soft-green hairy foliage that emerges white-woolly. For a sheltered position, best against a sunny wall.

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Buddleja salviifolia

Buddleja salviifolia

A splendid evergreen species from South Africa proven hardy here over many years. As the name suggests the foliage on this one is rather sage-like, covered as it is in close, fine hairs. New growth is a most lovely cream-beige. A large shrub showing terminal heads of lilac-blue, sweetly scented flowers in spring. Wonderful.

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Buddleja salviifolia white flowered

The name on this one is tentative at present, but the plant is a beauty. The leaves differ from the more usually grown blue flowered form by being greener, with additional white hairs, and having a more bullate (blistered/puckered) surface. Big heads of highly scented creamy white flowers in spring. Hardiness seems good, but a warm wall would be sensible.

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Buddleja speciosissima (new)

A new introduction to the UK from the cool mountains of temperate S. Brazil where it forms a medium sized shrub clothed in narrow foliage, silvery-white hairy when young and on the reverse. Spectacular in flower, this produces very distinctive terminal woolly inflorescences of tubular bright-orange flowers with flared mouths in summer. Exact hardiness unknown.

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Buddleja sterniana

Now part of the highly variable B. crispa, I retain the name here as it is a distinct entity with ornamental features. A rounded bushy deciduous shrub up to 3m tall with young shoots, leaf undersides and flower stalks covered with dense white woolly hair. The leaf upper surface is at first covered in golden-brown wool. Fragrant pale lavender flowers in spring.

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Buddleja x wardii KR 4881

New to cultivation, this is a relatively recent collection by Keith Rushforth from 3000m alt' in Tibet. A naturally occurring hybrid of B. alternifolia and B. crispa, this forms a twiggy round headed tree to 5m if left unpruned. Pale grey, small, slim, toothed foliage on wiry branches with axillary clusters of white, fragrant flowers with soft orange tubes in April. Hardy.

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Callicarpa psilocalyx NJM 13.057

A recent collection from Manipur, NE India, where this softly hairy large shrub to about 3m high was showing it's pearly, intense true-purple, relatively small fruit in dense clusters from every leaf axil along the arching stems. Leaves are held in opposite pairs and are comparatively large. This will probably require a fairly warm position away from winter extremes.

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Calycanthus 'Venus'

From creamy-yellow buds open large, Magnolia-like, fruity-scented, multi-tepalled flowers up to 11.5cm across, white with yellow and purple centres, opening from spring to mid-summer. A hybrid Allspice with complex parentage, raised in the USA. Forming a large deciduous shrub, 3x3m eventually, for any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade.

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Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey'

Selected for it's truly deliciously fruity fragrance, this Carolina Allspice forms a dense, bushy, medium sized deciduous shrub with a multitude of small deep-maroon flowers borne over a long period in summer over glossy, rich-green, aromatic leaves. For any reasonable soil in sun or semi-shade, apparently even tolerant of rather wet soils.

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Camellia 'Night Rider'

New from New Zealand, this is a very slow growing, compact hybrid with an upright growth form. The dark green foliage emerges shiny deep-purple tinted and the mid to late spring flowers are semi-double and deep blood-red. Very suited to either garden or pot culture.

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Camellia forrestii (new)

The complete opposite of the usual brash and brazen cultivars so popular in gardens, this wild S. Chinese and N. Vietnamese species bears masses of small white lightly fragrant flowers on each shoot in spring. Probably best in milder gardens or as a potted specimen, afforded a little protection in winter. A shrub, or small tree given a long time and the right conditions

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Camellia sinensis (new)

Tea plant. Yup, this is where your PG Tips comes from. It is a perfectly hardy and growable plant for UK cultivation and with pleasant little white flowers in late autumn and early winter over the rich-green foliage, it is a wonder it is not planted more often. Why not grow your own tea? Makes a large shrub slowly, but can be kept in trim easily. Not for limy soil.

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Camptotheca acuminata

Xi Shu or 'Happy Tree'. Whilst tender when very young this vigorous tree from SW China develops great hardiness with age. Foliage emerges red tinted, turning green with a red stalk and midrib. Flowers are balls of white followed by attractive hemispherical green to yellow fruit clusters, maturing yellow in autumn. Related to Davidia, and in use an as anti-carcinogen.

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Carmichaelia stevensonii

Previously known as Chordospartium stevensonii, this is the pink flowered Weeping broom from New Zealand. Looking entirely dead when very young (straw brown shoots), this matures to be an elegant beauty, making a large shrub with weeping whipcord like branches. Racemes of lilac-pink pea flowers in summer. Hardy in sun and well drained soil.

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Carpenteria californica 'Eskimo' (new)

Tree Anemone. A selected form of this July flowering, medium sized, evergreen Californian shrub, with a more compact habit and larger rounder flowers with overlapping petals. Masses of Anemone-like white flowers with golden centres over deep green leathery leaves. Best in full sun and not necessarily needing a wall, as once thought.

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Carpinus caroliniana from Mexico (new)

A form from NE Mexico of this American hornbeam which is possibly different to populations from the USA and may be the form sometimes accepted as var. tropicalis. A small to medium sized perfectly hardy tree which has been a great success in Kent for many years. Similar in many ways to our native species but with richer autumn colour, sometimes red-orange.

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Carpinus fangiana

Carpinus fangiana

Monkeytail Hornbeam. An exciting relatively new intro' from China, with comparatively huge leaves up to 20cm long, bronze when young, with as many as 30 prominent veins. In autumn hung with remarkable and striking pendent fruiting catkins up to 30cm long. Should make a medium sized tree in time. Quite an exceptional new species to cultivation.

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Carpinus fargesiana

Particularly rare in cultivation with merely a handful of young trees in specialist collections, this Chinese and Vietnamese hornbeam is particularly elegant, with pointed mid green leaves on a small to medium sized tree with weeping branchlets. Hardy. This collection from Shanghai Botanic Garden seed.

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