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I'm after some advice. I'm not at all green fingered and have very little knowledge when it comes to gardening. I am looking to plant  small ornamental tree in memory of my aunt and nanna who passed away last year. I know that November to March is the time to plant but have no ideas what to plant. My first choice would be a cherry but I'm aware that the roots are large and we have block paving within a couple of feet of where I want to plant. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks 

Last edited: 13 September 2016 20:45:30


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,720

    How much space do you have?

  • Depending on soil type, look at eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay', hoheria sexstylosa, or cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls'.  The eucryphia will prefer a good neutral to acidic soil and works well facing north, too. The others are less discerning, also happy where it's chalkier.  


  • Thank you. We have a large ish area planted with evergreen shrubs and trees and I've cleared about a 1m2 area. It is on the front which is south facing 

  • Hoheria, then or a pittosporum perhaps. P. 'Garnettii' is white variegated. Hoheria is classier, upright in habit, flowers June time


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,242

    Whereabouts in the country are you? Pittosporums aren't reliably hardy where I am, for instance.

    The ornamental pear is pretty - Pyrus salicifolius. Silvery foliage and a weeping habit

    Last edited: 14 September 2016 08:07:41

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Have a look at Amelanchier Obelisk. Its a fastigiate variety of this beautiful family of trees, so won't need much space. Has stunning autumn leaf colour and blossom and fruit, which I believe you (or the birds) can eat. 

  • Sorbus cashmiriana is much smaller than other Rowans when mature. Flowers are pink rather than the usual white, but it best point are large wwhite berries that usually stay on all winter.

  • Fabulous, thank you so much for all of your messages. I will get looking at all of your suggestions online. Fairygirl... We are in the Midlands ?

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