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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 (20-40cm): 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.
  • Black Walnut – Juglans nigra (20-30cm): A very rarely offered walnut species, native to the Middle East. From late May-early June both female and male flowers appear. The female flowers appear in clusters where as the male flowers droop from the branches on 8-10cm long catkins. In the Autumn, the flowers turn to a green/brown plum-like fruit, this is where you will find a large brown nut. The green/brown coated nuts are very hard to break but the seed is edible on all species, however it has more of a bitter taste than the common walnut. They are extremely fast growers, not too fussy to soil conditions and have good drought and cold tolerance. The older trees develop more of a decorative display, they offer a spectacular yellow Autumn colouration. The large leaves have a special, strong scent. The leaves have now dropped off the plant for Winter. (NOW CUT BACK)
  • Maidenhair Tree - Ginkgo biloba (10-20cm): An unusual conifer, and a very ancient plant (you almost grow your own dinosaur if you have one!). This is one of the species which survived the impact of the atomic bomb, dropped to Hiroshima in 1945 - specimens still standing in less than 2km from the epicenter. The fan-shaped leaves - composed of two lobes (biloba) forms a split in the middle of the leaf. The branching pattern (composed by long and very short branches) gives a very distinct look to the plant. The tree can grow fairly large but it can be grown in a pot on the patio, or as a bonsai.

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