The Big Friendly Giants Collection

  • We have carefully curated a collection of our favourite giants that will become great garden statement pieces. These beauties can be grown as a bonsai too, meaning they can suit the smallest of gardens.

  • The Big Friendly Giants Collection contains one of each plant in either a 7cm or 8cm pot.

  • Dawn Redwood– Metasequoia glyptostroboides: An unusual, deciduous conifer tree with a remarkably straight trunk, and has a tall, slender, pyramidal shape. Even the seedlings are very hardy and care-free. With their cinnamon coloured, exfoliating bark, and deciduous nature this plant can be a real pearl of any garden. The leaves turn a lovely bronze then brown colour in autumn. It is known to be a living fossil, endangered in the wild. This plant can grow 50-80 cm a year, finally reaching 25-30m in height with a 6-8m spread but if pruned, they can be used as a high hedge or even a small tree in the garden. If planted into a pot, they can live on the patio or it can be formed into a bonsai.
  • Hop Hornbeam Tree – Ostrya carpinifolia: A beautiful, Hornbeam like foliage with parallel veins. This tree can be a stunning focal point in a larger garden as it develops a decorative, multi stemmed trunk and countless hanging Hop-like flowers and fruits on its branches. It has a deep yellow Autumnal colouration. It is great for the patio but if kept in a large pot it will not reach its vast size. It is hardy to at least -20C, it can be grown on many soil types and not too fussy to pH.
  • Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Katsura Tree: Unusual, but an easily grown deciduous tree. It has rounded or kidney-shaped, mid-green leaves that turn a spectacular yellow/orange, coppery colour in mid-Autumn. The fallen leaves on the Caramel Tree smell of burnt sugar. It is hardy and best planted on slightly acidic soils but it is quite adaptable. This plant is fast growing, and it branches out freely, making a superb bonsai.

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