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Multi-stem Trees

At Nangle and Niesen we have put a particular emphasis on developing our range of multistem trees. Over the past 10 years this has resulted in the excellent choice and quality now available for our clients.

We have some wonderful specimens from the beautifully coloured Acer cappadocicum “aureum” (Caucasian Maple) to the striking bark of the Betula utilis Jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch). Others include the red flower of the Crataegus paul’s Scarlet (Hawthorn) and the bountiful berries of the Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose).

Multistem trees will provide screening and shade while adding real structural impact with decorative stems and bark. A prime example is the Betula utilis Jacquemontii which provides a great feature throughout the winter.

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.


  • "Acer campestre is a small to medium tree of rounded form. In autumn its leaves turn not just clear yellow, but also red and golden brown. Doing best in rich, well drained soils, Acer campestre is equally at home in virtually any soil type, and will readily tolerate drought, soil compaction and air pollution. A versatile, resilient and attractive species with a wide range of uses, it is available as multi-stem and single stem. Field maple also makes an excellent hedgerow plant as it is very wildlife friendly and it can cope well with rough pruning during the dormant season to keep the hedge to shape."
  • "Acer cappadocicum Aureum is a smaller tree than its parent, Acer cappadocicum. This attractive tree flushes a bright yellow in the spring and retains this splendour through to the autumn. It prefers sheltered conditions and is not tolerant to urban pollution. It is particularly effective when planted against an evergreen backdrop as the foliage provides a vivid contrast. Best planted on sites offering good light levels but not in areas with reflected light bouncing off hard surfaces."
  • "Acer griseum is a small tree, but a magnificent one. Originally from China, from an early age the bark peels to reveal cinnamon coloured under-bark and the trifoliate leaves have attractive reddish tints in autumn. Introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1901. Acer griseum does best in moist, well drained soil, and is not drought tolerant. Nutrient rich, wet soil can inhibit autumn colour."
  • "Acer palmatum or Japanese Maple was introduced from its native land to Ireland and the UK in the 1820s. A native of both China and Korea, this magnificent tree can outstrip size expectations if left alone in an area large enough to accommodate. Acer palmatum is a delightful, small tree for a sheltered position such as a courtyard or an urban garden. It has a rounded habit and its deeply lobed leaves turn shades of yellow, red and orange in autumn. They do best in rich, moist, but free draining, loamy soils. It is remarkably self reliant post establishment for seemingly such a dainty tree."
  • "Acer palmatum Atropurpureum, known as Purple Japanese Maple, is a stunning and reliable clone introduced in the late 1850s. Best grown as a low branched bush, it emerges with deeply cut dark purple foliage in spring that turns to crimson in the autumn before leaf fall. Acer palmatum Atropurpureum thrives best on fertile, free draining soils in sheltered positions away from desiccating winds and scorching sun. Dark leaved trees provide wonderful contrast within a garden as its colour draws our eyes from the onset. With this in mind it is always good to plant on the extremity of the garden to focus the view through the plants."
  • "Acer tataricum subsp. ginnala is a bushy deciduous shrub or small tree with deeply 3-lobed leaves which turn deep red in autumn; small cream flowers are followed by red fruit."
  • "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."
  • "Betula albosinensis Fascination (Chinese Birch) is a refined clone with dark green leaves, which are large for a birch, appearing in April, along with the showy display of yellow catkins. It has outstanding stem colour-orange peeling to pink and cream and then purest white once the tree gets beyond 30cm girth. It is a medium sized tree, becoming oval as it matures and has stiffly ascending branches. Betula albosinensis Fascination is a great choice for parks and verges growing well on most soils."
  • "Betula Costata is a most attractive species of birch, whose bark has a complex and delicate beauty. The bark itself is primarily fawn coloured, with pale pinkish to orange hues. Atop these hues are a strong pattern of striations. The bark also peels to reveal further subtleties of colour beneath. The crown is fairly upright and oval in youth, Betula Costata increasingly broadens with age to a rounded or columnar shape. Bright green leaves with conspicuous veins; golden autumn tones. A shallow rooting tree."
  • "Betula nigra, also known as the River Birch or Red Birch is one of the very best trees for wet soils. This tree was originally found along river banks in the South East United States and is signified by its unique, shaggy and flaking cinnamon coloured bark. Once heard likened to “peeling skin”, the bark of this tree is truly remarkable and gives the stem an almost soft and fluffy like appearance. Betula nigra is an impressive and statuesque tree at maturity, producing a broadly pyramidal form as it ages. The foliage, like most Birch, is diamond shaped and a soft green colour. This tree performs exceptionally well in wet soil, yet has also been planted successfully in urban conditions."
  • "The crown is fairly upright and oval in youth, Betula Costata increasingly broadens with age to a rounded or columnar shape. Bright green leaves with conspicuous veins; golden autumn tones. A shallow rooting tree. It is a very good for parks and woodlands, but not suitable for areas where soil becomes compacted. It will grow well on most other soils and is available as both a single stemmed tree and as a multi-stem."
  • "Betula utilis Jacquemontii is a native of the western Himalayas, it makes a medium tree with ascending branches, and is also spectacular when grown as a multi-stem. Its oval, dark green leaves turn golden yellow in autumn. Excellent for urban plantings, it grows well on most soils. It can be very effectively placed against a dark background in a garden as the white stems bounce back in contract."
  • Cercidiphyllum japonicum is a beautiful tree which can grow to more than 30m in its native Japan and China, however in Ireland plants rarely reach more than 15m. It has a rounded conical crown and attractive heart shaped leaves in opposite pairs. Katsura is a plant which gives interest all year round, with its constantly changing colour displays. In spring, its leaves flush out pinkish-bronze, gradually turning to a lush green in summer. Autumn brings brilliant displays of orange yellow and red and in our opinion the best quality is the accompanying smell of burnt sugar and candy floss which drifts gently in the breeze. Neither the flowers or fruits are particularly significant. Best grown in a rich, fertile soil avoiding sites which are windy or with hot afternoon sun as the leaves can scorch. May not colour as well in autumn on alkaline 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."
  • "Corylus avellana is a small tree with a rounded habit which looks particularly striking in the early spring when it is adorned with its long yellow lambs tail catkins. It is a very good choice for gardens, parks and woodlands. As well as in single stem form, it can be supplied as a multi-stemmed coppiced specimen that makes a great under plant for a woodland or instant infill within a hedgerow."
  • "Corylus maxima Purpurea ia a very small upright tree or large shrub producing purple-tinged catkins in late winter, followed by deep purple, heart-shaped foliage in summer with curious and striking purple tinged fruit husks in late summer which ripen to edible hazelnuts by autumn. Ideal for chalky soils or sunny gardens with limited space; exposed or sheltered. Very hardy."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia (Cut-Leaved Beech) as its common name suggests is a beautiful tree of medium height with deeply serrated and long leaves. It is pyramidal in its early years, but is eventually capable of becoming as wide as it is tall. A great choice for parkland where its cut leaves gives magnificent contrast. Beech thrives just about anywhere other than exposed and coastal locations. As it is shallow rooted under planting is not recommended with Fagus sylvatica Asplenifolia. It does well in most reasonably fertile, well drained soils, except heavy clay or light sand."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "Larix. kaempferi is a vigorous deciduous conifer forming a large tree reaching up to 30m with reddish young shoots bearing whorls of light green leaves becoming yellow and orange in autumn. Cones ovoid, erect, to 3cm long, with out-curved scales."
  • "Liquidamber styraciflua Worplesdon (Sweet Gum) has foliage which is delightful and more deeply lobed than other clones and its pyramidal habit is both reliable and architecturally pleasing. Its real beauty lies in its autumn colour starting in September when some leaves turn yellow through to orange before falling but the outermost leaves gradually turn to magnificent claret red. A great tree for any urban aspect where space allows."
  • "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."
  • "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."

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