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Tree Project.


Trees have been disappearing from our Environment at an alarming rate for decades now largely due to logging and clearing land for farming in less developed countries around the World. There are attempts underway to halt some of this deforestation, but we are guilty of losing trees from our landscape in Western countries as well. A lot of our Hedgerows were dug up years ago to make fields bigger for modern machinery and many Orchards were grubbed out as fruit imports became cheaper. Gradually attitudes are changing towards Trees everywhere though and an interest in reclaiming Heritage Varieties of Fruit Trees is helping the movement. Increasing Health and Safety Regulations are constantly being expanded and revised so that too has had an effect by causing many of the trees, that for centuries decorated our Streets and Towns, to be removed for fear of falling branches and damage to roads and pavements. Fear of Pollution levels in our urban areas, and the way that Trees can help reduce and even remove some of the noxious gasses and particulate matter, is helping to reverse this trend and is encouraging councils to plant more urban trees and green spaces. Indeed our own local Parish Council has been planting a number of young trees in recent years on the playing field. (See Link To Article) With the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, and the slogan “Plant A Tree For The Jubilee,” in the press everywhere, the Council intend to plant some more young trees in an open space on the Village’s Millennium Green and I was asked if I could make some suggestions of smallish tree varieties that might be suitable. Consequently, I decided to do a little research and write up some notes that I could make into Web Pages that all could see including our Allotment Plot Holders who may want to plant one or two in their gardens at home. Many of the trees that are listed are particularly suitable for gardens as they are either small growing, or ultimately bigger trees that are slow growing and can therefore be safely planted in a restricted space for many years before they get too big and need to be removed.

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Acacia Baileyana or Dealbata.
Acer - Maple.
Amelanchier Lamarkii.
Betula Pendula - Silver Birch.
Callistemon – Bottle Brush.
Ceanothus - California Lilac.
Catalpa Bignonioides - Indian Bean Tree.
Cercidiphyllum Japonicum - Katsura.
Cercis Siliquastrum - Judas Tree.
Cornus – Dogwood.
Cotinus Coggygria - Smoke Bush Tree.
Crab Apple.
Cytisus Battandieri - Pineapple or Moroccan Broom.
Davidia Involucrata - Handkerchief Tree.
Elaeagnus Angustifolia - Russian Olive – Oleaster.
Elderberry – Sambucus.
Euonymus Europaeus – Spindle Tree.
Fig - Ficus Carica.
Ginkgo Biloba.
Hawthorn – Crataegus.
Hazel Trees.
Holly – Ilex Aquifolium.
Koelreuteria Paniculata - Golden Rain Tree.
Laburnum - Golden Rain.
Laurus Nobilis – Bay Tree.
Lime Tree - Tilia.

Liriodendron Tulipifera - Tulip Tree.
London Plane - Platanus Hispanica.
Loquat – Eriobotrya Japonica.
Mulberry - Morus Nigra.
Paulownia Tomentosa.
Photinia Red Robin.
Prunus Avium - Flowering Cherry.
Rhus Typhina – Stag’s Horn Sumach.
Robinia Pseudoacaia Frisia.
Rowan Or Mountain Ash – Sorbus Aucuparia.
Schinus Molle - Peruvian Pepper Tree.
Service Tree – Whitebeam – Sorbus Torminalis.
Sorbus Aria Lutescens - Whitebeam.
Spotted Laurel – Aucuba Japonica.
Styrax - Snowbell Tree.
Syringa - Lilac.
Sweet Chestnut – Castanea Sativa.
Tree Ferns.
Walnut – Juglans Regia.
Willow – Salix Contorta.
Yew - Taxus Baccata.

There are a number of popular Plants that I might have included in this listing, but decided not to. One that I have included that is not a Tree at all is the Tree Fern, but at least they do have the stature and general appearance of a tree with a generally, single, straight stem, whereas plants like Viburnums and Philadelphus, or the Mock Orange, are really much smaller and multi stemmed. They are lovely bushes with attractive flowers making great additions to the smaller garden, but that is what they are – Bushes – not Trees.

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European Laurel - “Cherry Laurel,” (Prunus Laurocerasus)


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