The Northern Collection

First published 27th Jun, 2024

Apricot lady mountain ash (common name)
What3Words: ///relax.wiring.cabin
Tag No: 2658
Botanical Name: Sorbus ‘Apricot Lady’
Year first gained champion status: 2023
Champion for height, girth, or both: H+G
Year Planted: Unknown
Planted by: Unknown

Brief description: Sorbus ‘Apricot Lady’ was raised at Hillier Nurseries, a seedling of the Mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia.

Chinese horse chestnut
Aesculus chinensis, 2023, H+ G, Unknown, Unknown,

Aesculus chinensis, commonly called Chinese horse chestnut or Chinese buckeye, is a rounded deciduous tree that typically grows to 30-40′ tall. It is native to forests, thickets, slopes, ravines and roadsides in northern China.

Black Hawthorn
Crataegus tanacetifolia, 2023, H(wales) + G, Unknown, Unknown,

Crataegus douglasii is a small tree, up to 10 metres or more tall, with a rounded head and glossy dark green leaves. It may have thorns up to 2.5cm long, but these are often absent. The leaves are up to 10cm long and 7.5cm wide. Bunches of white flowers with greenish centres are produced in May. The fruits are purple-black, 8.5mm in diameter

Heldreichii Hawthorn
Crataegus heldreichii, 2023, H + G, 1950s, W.Nelmes Snr,

Crataegus heldreichii is a small tree with leaves similar in shape to the Common hawthorn (up to 6cm long, deeply cut, with lobes toothed at the tips). In spring it has white flowers. The fruits are red haws, 22mm wide, containing one to three pips.

Meyer’s Hawthorn
Crataegus meyeri, 2023, H + G(wales), 1991, M. Frazer,

Crataegus meyeri grows to around 4 metres by 4 metres. When first open its flowers have an aromatic scent, but later develop an unpleasant, rotten odour which attracts midges, the main means of fertilization. The fruits are about 15mm in diameter, ripening to red in September. Inside each fruit are up to five fairly large seeds which stick together to give the effect of a single seed.

Weeping pink thorn
Crataegus monogyna, 2023, H + G, 1992, M. Frazer,

Crataegus monogyna ‘Pendula Rosea’ is a cultivar of the Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, with a weeping shape. It has pink flowers in late spring.

Azarola thorn
Crataegus x sinaica Boiss., 2013, H + G, Unknown, Unknown,

Crataegus x sinaica Boiss is an upright shrub or small tree (usually growing from 2-6 m tall) that loses its leaves during winter.Its stems are armed with a few stout thorns (5-25 mm long). Its wedge-shaped leaves have variously lobed or toothed margins.

Tapering leaf maple
Acer acuminatum, 2023, H + G, 1950s, W.Nelmes Snr,

Acer acuminatum is a small tree with dark grey bark, typically growing to about 10 metres. Its leaves are 10cm across and on scarlet petioles. They are usually three-lobed, sharply toothed, and with long, pointed tips. Small (5mm across), greenish flowers appear in April/May. The fruit is a samara 2 to 3cm long, often reddish when young.

Norway maple ‘ Goldsworth Purple’
Acer platanoides ‘Goldsworth Purple’, 2023, H(wales) + G, Unknown, Unknown,

Acer platanoides ‘Goldsworth Purple’ is a hardy, deciduous, tree with broad crown and dense foliage, similar to ‘Crimson King’ but with lighter red-purple leaves that are wrinkled when young. Greenish-yellow flowers appear in early spring.

Common hornbeam ‘Columnaris’
Carpinus betulus ‘Columnaris’, 2023, H(wales) + G, 1950s, W. Nelmes Snr,

Carpinus betulus ‘Columnaris’ is a variety of the Common or European hornbeam. It is a smaller tree than the species, characterised by its compact, columnar shape. It is noted for its dense dark green summer foliage that clusters at the branch tips. The leaves turn yellow in autumn.

Durango emory oak
Quercus durifolia, 2023, H + G(wales), 1990, Unknown,

Quercus durifolia is a small tree, normally up to around 9 metres tall. It has grey-green, lanceolate leaves that are white and woolly underneath and 3 to 6cm long. The acorns are 1cm long, half enclosed in a cup covered with light grey hairs.

Georgia oak
Quercus georgiana , 2023, G, 1990, Uknown,

Quercus georgiana is a small tree, often shrubby in the wild, growing to 8–15 meters (26–49 feet) tall. It is classified in the red oak section Quercus sect. Lobatae.

Wilfred fox whitebeam
Sorbus, 2023, H(wales) + G, Unknown, Unknown,

Sorbus ‘Wilfrid Fox’ is a hybrid of the Common whitebeam and Himalayan whitebeam It is a medium sized tree, growing to around 14 metres tall, and with a round head when mature. Its leaves are elliptic, 15 to 20cm long, toothed and shallow lobed, leathery, dark glossy green above and greyish white underneath. The fruits are 2cm across, initialy green, ripening to amber with grey dots.

White ash
Fraxinus americana, 2023, H(wales) + G, 1993, Unknown,

Fraxinus americana ‘Autumn Purple’ is a cultivar of the White ash, Fraxinus americana, selected for its reddish-purple autumn colour. It typically grows 15 to 20 metres tall, with a broadly conical shape. Its bark is grey and on mature trees has diamond-shaped ridges. The leaves are dark green in summer, and pinnate with seven oblong-lanceolate leaflets (occasionally five or nine), each leaflet 5 to 10cm long. Inconspicuous green flowers appear in spring. This tree has no fruits as it is a male clone.

Curled holly
Ilex aquifolium ‘Crispa’, 2023, G, 1950s, W. Nelmes Snr,

Ilex aquifolium ‘Crispa’ is a cultivar of the Common holly, Ilex aquifolium. It is a small tree with purple-grey bark and twisted, thick leathery leaves. These have few or no spines except for a sharp point at the tip. This is a male clone and produces no fruit.

Highclere holly
Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Nigrescens’, 2023, G, Unknown, Unknown,

Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Nigrescens’, Highclere holly, is a cross between I. aquifolium and I. perado. It grows to around 10 metres tall and has broad glossy leaves with no spines or with a small number of sharp teeth. As a male holly it produces no fruits.