Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea’ – purple beeches are used to steel the show. They are planted as solitary trees in big parks or stately gardens.
Most trees are green, but many also have purple red variants. Examples are plum, maple, beech and the very popular red Japanese maple. Most of these genetic variations are quite rare in nature, but people love rare things and so we started propagating these trees. A single purple beech tree that was found in Germany over 300 years ago is believed to be the ancestor of the majority of trees now planted in parks and gardens.
Magnolia ✕ soulangeana – Magnolias are an odd bunch. They thrive in a Northern temperate climate, yet they appear tropical. Their big bold flowers open up in early spring when it’s still quite cold. Come summer, all flowers will be gone, but even then magnolias are a beautifully dense green.