Plant lists

Our favourite garden trees

Over the years, we 3Growbags and our wonderful resident plantswoman Louise Sims have discussed some of our favourite garden trees in our weekly blogs, and it seemed a good idea to gather our thoughts together into a serviceable reference list.

Click on a tree name to find out what we said about it (or in a few cases, what our wonderful followers said about it in the comments column!)

The list is by no means exhaustive – there’s hardly a blog goes by when one of us doesn’t mention a tree in passing😊, but you’ll find a good range here of ones that we really rate for one reason or another. Happy browsing!

Abutilon vitifolium ‘Veronica Tennant’

Abutilon vitifolium ‘Veronica Tennant’

Acers (maples)

Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’

Aesculus mutabilis pendulifolia (horse chestnut)

Aesculus x mutabilis ‘Penduliflora’
Aesculus x mutabilis ‘Penduliflora’

Albizia (mimosa) var.

Amelanchier  (serviceberry)

Arbutus x andrachnoides (strawberry tree)

Aronia enkianthus (chokeberry)

Aronia enkianthus

Betula pendula, Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii (birch)

Catalpa bignonioides (Indian bean tree)

Cercis siliquastrum (Judas tree)

Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree)

Cercis var.

Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’  

Eucryphia glutinosa

Euonymus europeaeus (spindle)

Hamamelis intermedia ‘Jelena’ (witch hazel)

autumn leaves
Autumn leaves of Hamamelis intermedia “Jelena’

Heptacodium miconioides (seven son flower)

Hoheria sexstylosa (lacebark, ribbonwood)

Hoheria sexstylosa (ribbonwood)

Indigofera (Himalayan indigo)

Koelreuteria (golden rain tree)

Ligustrum japonicum (privet)

Magnolia ‘Star Wars’

Magnolia ‘Star Wars’

Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia sieboldii subs. sinensis


Malus domestica ‘Sturmer Pippin’

Malus hupahensis

Malus ‘Laura’

Malus transitoria

Malus transitoria
Malus transitoria

Mespilus germanica  (medlar)

Native trees

Parrotia persica  (Persian ironwood)

Parrotia persica in autumn

CHERRIES (Prunus):

Prunus cerasus ‘Morello’

Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-No-Mai’

Prunus mume ‘Kojo-No-Mai’
Prunus ‘Kojo-No-Mai’

Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’

Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis

Pyrus communis ‘Black Worcester’ (pear)

Rhus typhina (Stag’s horn sumach)

Rhus typhina (stags horn sumach) in winter

Salix alba var. Vitellina ‘Britzensis’ (willow)

Salix ‘Yelverton’ (willow)

Sambucus nigra (elder)

Sambucus nigra (dark-leaved elder)

Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ (rowan)

Sorbus aucuparia, sorbus cashmeriana (rowan)


Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata

Tilia (lime tree)

Viburnum opulus (snowball tree)

Viburnum opulus (snowball tree)

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We're three sisters who love gardening, plants and even the science of horticulture but we're not all experts. We'd love everyone even remotely interested in their gardens to be part of our blogsite.

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