November’s plants of the month are trees, in all their bewildering variety. There’s one to suit every gardener among the enormous range at our garden centre here at Smiths Nurseries – so to help you choose, here’s a small selection from our comprehensive stock, suitable for every situation, from containers to rolling acres.

Container gardens:

  • Olive (Olea europaea) for gnarled shapes or slender standards to elegant twisted spiral stems all with elegant grey-green leaves
  • Japanese maples like ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’ for graceful shapes and colourful foliage
  • Bay trees (Laurus Noblus) are perfect Terrace, Patio Balcony or Entrance Hall plant

Small gardens:

  • Betula utilis var jacquemontii  for multiple stems of gleaming white bark and delicate foliage, or Summer Cascade, Pendulla Dalecarlica
  • Magnolia stellata with a compact shape and huge, spidery white spring flowers
  • Malus (Royal Beauty) is a superb weeping Crab Apple with rich colour and blossom in the spring
  • Sambucus nigra (black elder) has purple foliage and clear pink flower sprays in June

Medium-sized gardens:

  • Crataegus laevigata Crimson Cloud is a Midland Hawthorn with dark foliage, red flowers with a pronounced white eye and small red berries in the autumn
  • Arbutus unedo is aptly named the strawberry tree for its bright red fruits in late autumn
  • Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is an ornamental pear with a neat shape and white spring blossom

Big gardens:

  • Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ has handsome foliage and spectacular autumn colour
  • Eucalyptus gunnii Azura has attractive evergreen foliage
  • Prunus Fragrant Cloud is a splendid Ornamental Cherry with a mass of Springtime blossom
  • Quercus rubra has huge architectural leaves flushed brilliant scarlet in autumn

And don’t forget, you can call us or ask our Trees expert in store for help!