Flowering Trees

Flowering trees make a real statement in any garden and are some of the best signs of spring with their surefire colour each year.

Factors to be considered when choosing flowering trees include size, form and overall appearance of the tree; season of bloom, intensity, duration and colour of the flowers and any husbandry requirements such as pruning, fertilizing and protection from insects and disease.

At Nangle and Niesen we have a great mix of Magnolia’s and Cherry trees to name but two species of flowering trees.

Feel free to browse through our stock, we are always happy to talk about our trees. Visits to the nursery are welcome by appointment and are a great way to experience our trees for yourself.

  • "Aesculus carnea Briotii is an attractive medium sized tree will not grow as tall as its relation, the 'conker' tree. The summer flowers are a deep-pink, almost rose red and stand as upright panicles against the dark green corrugated foliage in May. The glossy foliage turns shades of yellow, orange and brown in autumn. The nuts produced are smaller than the typical 'conker' tree and rounder with a less spiky casing. The Red Flowering Horse Chestnut tree will do well in most positions and is fully hardy with some drought tolerance. A height and spread of 6 x 4 meters can be expected in 20 years."
  • "Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) is one of the most well-known and loved of all trees. Very attractive in late spring with its white, tinged yellow then pink, candle like flowers, followed by burnished conkers in their spiky casings. It originates from the borders of Greece and Albania and was introduced to Ireland and Britain in the early 1600s. It does wonderfully well in parks and open spaces."
  • "The cultivar Aesculus hippocastanum Baumannii was discovered by A.N. Baumann near Geneva in 1820 and was propagated as a branch sport from the mother hippocastanum tree. It is notable for its double white flowers and the fact that it does not produce conkers, which may be seen as an advantage if required for street or avenue planting. The main branches are rather horizontal, so high pruning is required when used as a street tree. Aesculus hippocastanum Baumannii can commonly grow in excess of 30 metres and is particularly impressive in the spring with its strong growth and flower display. It thrives in most soils and tolerates air pollution."
  • "Aesculus hippocastanum Flava, known as Yellow Buckeye, is a great looking Horse Chestnut which produces candles of yellow flowers in the spring. Its green leaves are finely cut and it is a great choice for parkland, this broad tree can reach in excess of 20 metre in height. It thrives on any well drained soil away from the coast and produces a good autumn display of yellow."
  • "Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) is one of the most well-known and loved of all trees. Very attractive in late spring with its white, tinged yellow then pink, candle like flowers, followed by burnished conkers in their spiky casings. It originates from the borders of Greece and Albania and was introduced to Ireland and Britain in the early 1600s. It does wonderfully well in parks and open spaces."
  • "Amelanchier lamarckii (Service berry) is a stunning sight when in full bloom with its white flowers produced in plentiful racemes. It is a small, shrubby tree with emerging copper coloured leaves turning green by late spring before they mature to a rich red as autumn progresses. The rounded fruits, red in summer before turning black in autumn are edible. Amelanchier lamarckii is available in multi-stem form or as a single stem."
  • "Amelanchier Ballerina is a small tree that is naturalised over much of Western Europe and has the significant benefit of providing some interest at all points of the year. The profuse white flowers emerge in the spring, followed by foliage which is a coppery colour that turns to bright green by late spring. The autumn colour is brilliant red, emerging in conjunction with rounded fruits which are initially red in summer before turning black in the autumn. Although not the sweetest of tasting fruits, they are edible, adding to the attraction of this little tree as a superb addition to any garden planting scheme."
  • "Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill (Service berry) is a wonderful small tree which forms a dense oval habit and produces its masses of spring flowers that open pink and turn white. The young leaves emerge coppery red and then harden to green by late spring before they turn vivid red in autumn. A very good choice for street planting and residential areas, Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill provides plenty of interest with virtually no maintenance. Being such a small tree of ultimate size, it can be placed much closer to buildings than most trees which make it a fantastic choice for urban areas. It does best in moist, well drained, lime free soils."
  • "Known commonly as Chinese Redbud, this hardy plant is fine on free draining soils but is not recommended in exposed areas. Dark pink buds litter the branch and stem network in the late spring to erupt into flower by May. Cercis Chinensis Avondale certainly is a show stopper and great for south facing gardens."
  • "Japanese Dogwood is a small tree or large shrub, which grows rather slowly to 6m (20ft). It has an upright habit, widening with age. The beauty of this Dogwood is the large creamy white flower bracts which appear in early summer, are long lasting and can turn a pinkish tinge as they age. Strawberry like red fruits are produced which are edible, but an acquired taste. The leaves are green and rounded changing to reds and purples in autumn."
  • "Cornus kousa China Girl has large bracts, great autumn colour and good sized fruits. Plants as small as 40-60cm are capable of setting flower buds making this an ideal garden tree that exhibits lots of interest. The flowers of the Cornus kousa China Girl are borne in abundance in early spring and the foliage turns vivid colours by autumn. It will not thrive in alkaline soils and it is best only to plant on ground with a ph less than 7 and to avoid waterlogged or compacted soils."
  • "Cornus kousa Milky Way is a spectacular Chinese Dogwood that was selected from a seedbed in Ohio in the 1960’s and named for its abundant flower display suggestive of the many stars in the Milky Way!"
  • "Cornus kousa China Girl is an attractive, early flowering form of Dogwood introduced from Holland in the late 1970s. The foliage of this small garden tree is dark green in summer, turning to reds and oranges in winter time. In the summer the leaves often take up a slightly curled up appearance, which is completely normal for this species. The Chinese Dogwoods are renowned for their beautiful and abundant bract like flowers which are produced in early spring, followed by bright red strawberry like fruits that continue to add interest to this specimen throughout the summer months and into autumn."
  • "The Cornelian Cherry gives a very long period of interest. This pretty tree was Introduced in the late 1890s and won the Award of Merit in 1929. The Cornelian Cherry is a native of central and southern Europe and gives a very long period of interest. This small growing, compact, tree has small yellow flowers that appear in February from the bare stems putting on a stunning display of colour in an otherwise gloomy month of the year! The bright red, cherry-like fruits are edible, and the leaves turn a delightful reddish purple in autumn."
  • "Cornus officinallis Robin’s Pride is a small ornamental flowering tree or shrub with all year round interest. It usually grows as a large, spreading, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub approx 15-25 feet tall but it may also be grown as a tree. It is very similar to Cornus mas except it grows with a slightly more open habit and flowers earlier. It produces hamamelis like, yellow flowers on bare stems in February and early March. Robin’s Pride has an attractive deep red-brown, textured, flaking bark and often has brown hair tufts in the vein axils on the underside of the leaf. Leaves are ovate to elliptical and dark green in colour. Autumn colour ranges from pale yellow to attractive reddish-purple. It also produces attractive shiny red, oval fruits approx. 1.5cm in size in the autumn. This is a great tree or shrub for attracting bird life. Root growth is densely branched and shallow. It prefers calcareous soil and a sunny or partial shade location."
  • "This vigorous semi evergreen plant is normally grown as a large shrub, but Cotoneaster watereri cornubia is also available as a standard tree. With a mature height of 6-8m, the branches are upright when young but are fast growing so soon become arching and graceful. It can be an excellent specimen or screening tree in a smaller garden. Year round interest is provided by rich green pointed leaves, clusters of small creamy-white flowers in June and masses of bright red berries in autumn which the birds will love. This variety is noted as being the best Cotoneaster for fruit, with the largest and most abundant of the species. During the autumn the leaves also develop hints of yellow and red autumn colour. Please note that this is only semi-evergreen in a sheltered location. Will do best in a well drained soils and planting in groups with similar species increases the production of fruit."
  • "Crataegus monogyna are deciduous trees and shrubs, usually with spiny branches, lobed or toothed leaves, and clusters of creamy white flowers followed by red or black fruits. The berries are of particular high ecological value which provide nutrition for many small mammals and birds. The Crataegus monogyna which is native to Ireland, is a small, rounded deciduous tree with deeply lobed green leaves and thorny stems. Flat sprays of fragrant cream flowers appear in late spring, followed by greenish berries or haws which ripen to red up to September and are held on the trees well into winter. The bark is a greyish dark brown which in older specimens becomes cracks into thin rectangular plates."
  • "Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet is a Hawthorn which has a fine display of double, pink-red flowers that arrive in May when almost all of the other spring flowering trees have finished their floral displays. The foliage is a classic Hawthorn shape, small and dark green, changing to red in the autumn time. The fruit also appear in the autumn and are red, very small and similar to the Common Hawthorn fruit. This tough tree is a quite resilient and will perform well in most soils, including very dry and wet conditions. It can however be a little slow to root post transplanting and thus we recommend moderate pruning of the crown in the first few years post planting to ensure that good anchorage is achieved. As a small to medium sized tree, Crataegus laevigata Paul's Scarlet is a great choice for gardens which are exposed or coastal as it is one of the very few ornamental varieties which can withstand a little salt laden wind. This species should be a certain inclusion for any planting project which looks to extend the floral display well into the early summer."
  • "Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree) is well named and much sought after. Its common name derives from the large white bracts which appear in May. These are followed by large, oval fruits in autumn. Foliage and habit are similar to those of the lime. A medium to large tree, it is very good for parks and does well in a fairly sheltered position. It thrives best on deep fertile soil."
  • "Davidia involucrata (Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree) is well named and much sought after. Its common name derives from the large white bracts which appear in May. These are followed by large, oval fruits in autumn. Foliage and habit are similar to those of the lime. A medium to large tree, it is very good for parks and does well in a fairly sheltered position. It thrives best on deep fertile soil."
  • "Euonymous europaea Red Cascade is a super tree which gives its best display from September onwards, when it produces an abundance of rosy red-pink fruits which open up to show bright orange seed cases. The contrast between these colours is really quite remarkable and when the foliage turns deep red in November this effect is exaggerated further. In the spring time the leaves emerge bright green and remain throughout the summer until they turn in the autumn. Euonymous eurpaea Red Cascade is a tough clone which was selected by the University of Nebraska for the bright colour of the fruits it produces. This small tree will perform well in most soil conditions, and is a particularly good choice for chalky soils, yet it is best to avoid planting in water logged conditions. This is a great choice where space is extremely limited and is one of the very best selections of Euonymous in a tree form. It is useful in small gardens and offers a wealth of interest during the autumn period."
  • "Halesia monticola is a stunning shapely small tree known for its beautiful snowdrop shaped flowers in masses of clusters in May/June. Striking autumn foliage which is bright yellow create a real feature in the garden."
  • "Halesia monticola is a stunning shapely small tree known for its beautiful snowdrop shaped flowers in masses of clusters in May/June. Striking autumn foliage which is bright yellow create a real feature in the garden."
  • "Hamamelis x intermedia has a terrific floral display with hints of yellow, orange and red on its ribbon like flowers which emerge sometimes as early as February. It only makes a small tree so is ideal for a garden border where space is at a premium. Hamamelis x intermedia has a great autumn display that can start quite early in September. The foliage turns from green top luminescent yellow / orange / red before falling in October. It thrives on most free draining soils but prefers moist conditions for optima growth."
  • "Koelreuteria paniculata, known as Pride of India, is sometimes referred to as the Golden Rain Tree which is confusing as Laburnum Vossi also takes this common name. Introduced from China in the 1760s, it thrives best on free draining soils with a sunny aspect. Profuse small yellow flowers develop in late spring and these form lantern shaped fruits that turn red in the autumn. Koelreuteria paniculata forms a rounded crown and is a lovely tree for a large garden or arboretum. Its green leaves turn a rich yellow in the Autumn."
  • "Lagerstroemia indica known as Crape Myrtle, is a lovely garden tree for late summer flower, stunning autumn foliage colour and year round bark interest. Thriving best on free draining soils, it prefers a south facing sheltered position within a garden and likes the reflected heat bouncing off walls and patios. Lagerstroemia indica has an architectural beauty rarely surpassed in a garden setting."
  • "Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree) is a large and fast growing tree with a broad, pyramidal crown. The tulip shaped flowers, which appear only on older trees, are produced in June and July and are yellow-green with a band of orange at the base. Being deep rooted and wind resistant, it does well on most fertile soils. It makes a splendid subject for parks and large gardens."
  • "Magnolia galaxy is a medium sized tree of conical habit formed by its ascending branches that broaden at maturity. It is a good choice for gardens or parkland as it produces stunning, purple-pink to red, tulip-shaped flowers, which are lightly scented. The flowers will emerge before the foliage in early spring. Doing best on moist but free draining fertile soils, it will thrive in sheltered or partially shaded positions."
  • "This is a superb small tree with heavily scented, rather narrow, cup shaped flowers in April. It has pale pink petals, flushed with a deeper pink towards the base, and a cerise stripe on the back. An ideal Magnolia for sheltered urban gardens as it a smaller mature tree than the Magnolia galaxy and makes a nice addition to parks. Why not plant with later flowering Malus to prolong your flowering period."
  • "Magnolia kobus is a sturdy variety and is both hardy and versatile. It is a medium size, round headed tree and is recommended for planting on verges and in parkland. It does well in most soils, including chalky ones. The very large, white flowers are produced as early as March and can reach up to 10cm across. This is definitely the best choice Magnolia for neutral to high ph soils."
  • "Magnolia x loebneri Leonard Messel is one of the most beautiful magnolias producing abundant dainty white-lilac flowers in spring. It only makes a small tree so it is perfect for a garden and it is reasonable lime tolerant. There can be as many as 12 to 15 petals on a single glorious flower and in the spring the tree is smothered with velvety cased buds waiting to burst."
  • "Magnolia loebneri Snowdrift is a hybrid of M. kobus and M. stellata, forming a small tree or large shrub, and producing a profusion of white flowers in April. 'Snowdrift' has particularly large flowers and slightly larger leaves. The flowers appear as a goblet then unfold into a star-shape. It will succeed well on all types of well-drained soil, including chalk. Full sun or partial shade. Very hardy."
  • "Magnolia spectrum is a strong growing, upright tree suitable for the smaller garden. This hyBare Root (BR)id (Magnolia liliflora 'Nigra' x Magnolia sprengeri 'Diva'), a sister seedling of 'Galaxy', Spectrum' is a small to medium-sized, upright, deciduous tree producing large, goblet-shaped flowers in mid- to late spring. The flowers are rich red-purple and elegantly curved in bud, opening deep reddish-pink with a paler interior, held in a shapely upright fashion. Requires fertile, slightly acid soil. Hardy."
  • "The flowers of Magnolia stellata are always a welcome sight as they burst open on bare branches, heralding the start of spring. A native of Japan, Magnolia stellata still grows there in the wild alongside streams, at elevations up to 600m. It is a slow growing deciduous shrub eventually reaching up to 4m in height and width. The growth is ovate and upright when young spreading with age to form a beautiful rounded shrub or small tree. Early in the spring before the leaves appear, the grey silky buds open and allow the large white, starry flowers to unfurl. Made up of over a dozen tepals, they can be up to 4 inches across and with a delicate, subtle fragrance. Depending on the air temperature, they can sometimes have a slight blush of pink to them. The flowers can be tender to hard frosts and so it is best to position the plants somewhere with shade early in the morning and sun later in the day. When the foliage appears, it has a bronzy tinge, maturing to a dark green oblong leaf, smaller than many other species of Magnolia. In Autumn, it has a red-green knobbly fruit which splits to reveal orange seeds inside. It is not uncommon for the fruit to drop before it develops fully. Closely related to Magnolia kobus, it was previously considered to be a variety of this but was later confirmed to be its own species. Magnolia loebneri was bred by using Magnolia stellata and Magnolia kobus as the parent plants."
  • "Magnolia Royal Star is a double flowered cultivar of Magnloia stelata. This many branched large shrub rarely reaches 5m (15ft) tall, but can be 7m (20ft) wide. The flowers are pure white star shaped and appear in April before the leaves and are fragrant. The leaves are oblong about 3 inches long and taper to the base."
  • "Magnolia Liliflora Susan is a hardy bushy tree-form magnolia. It is deciduous with dark green leaves emerging in spring. Magnolia Susan is a showy Magnolia with sumptuous, goblet-shaped, very dark purple-red flowers produced in late spring / early summer and intermittently into autumn. This is a small magnolia reaching a max height of 3 meters and spread of 1 metre. It will thrive in either full sun or partial shade. Despite its delicate appearance it will survive sub-zero temperatures and flower the following spring. It likes moist, well drained soils but will tolerate most conditions unless they are very chalky. To obtain the best flowers choose a sheltered and sunny spot. Gusty winds batter the sumptuous blooms and late frosts can damage buds so it’s best to keep this magnolia from frost pockets. It grows well in partially shady conditions too. Before planting Magnolia Susan put plenty of organic matter in the hole and cover the base with a thick layer of mulch each year. Water your magnolia tree regularly until it’s established. Magnolia Susan is a slow grower and suitable for smaller gardens. You can also grow them in large deep containers if you are able to provide water and food on a regular basis. If you have very chalky soil containers are the best way to grow magnolias. There is usually no need to prune magnolia, particularly the Susan variety, as the erect compact habit keeps itself neat. If you need to cut back damaged or crossed branches do so in mid-summer."

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