Wholesale Tree Nursery Cork

Strong, often salt laden winds present a challenge when selecting trees for coastal locations.

The sea winds also means the trees are prone to dry out more quickly. Trees on the coast therefore need first and foremost to be wind resistant, tolerant to drought and impervious to salt. Trees that are grown in a coastal climate don’t tend to reach the same size as those inland and often have a windswept shape.

Almost all pines are suitable for coastal areas with Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine) being the most common in Ireland.

The Oaks, Quercus Ilex (Evergreen or Holm Oak) and Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak) are two other great choices for Irish conditions.

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 campestre Huibers Elegant, sometimes just referred to as 'Acer campestre Elegant', is a compact and vigorous clone of field maple. The small bright green lobed leaves of Acer campestre Elegant appear in Spring followed by Samara fruits which are produced and borne on the tree in early summer. In Autumn the foliage turns a range of colours mainly oranges, yellows and browns before falling. It is a hardy tree that can tolerate a multitude of conditions including strong winds, drought and heat, polluted locations, and coastal settings. It will also thrive in most soil conditions along as there are a reasonable amount of nutrients. Can grow up to 8-10 metres tall."
  • "Acer pseudoplatanus Negennia is a vigorous, large and conical cultivar. It was selected in the late 1940s in the Netherlands where it is widely used as a street tree. It has dark green, red stalked leaves. Tolerating air pollution, Acer pseudoplatanus Negennia thrives in most soils and is particularly useful for coastal sites where it can make an effective defence against strong winds and salt-laden air. Like many clones, as it matures it represents a model shape and form of its seedling parent."
  • "Acer pseudoplatanus Spaethii is also know as Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Spaethii and Acer pseudoplatanus Atropurpureum. Introduced in the early 1860s this large tree is effective in exposed, windy sites as the underside of its foliage is purple. Tolerating air pollution, Acer pseudoplatanus Spaethii thrives in most soils, and is particularly useful for coastal sites where it can make an effective defence against strong winds and salt-laden air. There are very few varieties of tree that can offer an alternative leaf colour to green that can still be planted near the coast. As sea breezes are always a factor in these settings the contract between the top and bottom of the leaves is constantly on display. Autumn colour is also quite dramatic so one gets an ornamental quality that can lift a drab landscape for difficult and exposed sites."
  • "Alnus cordata, known as the Italian Alder, is a fast growing pyramidal tree that sometimes holds onto it green glossy leaves as late as December in mild urban areas making it a very good screening tree. Introduced in the 1820s from Italy, it is very hardy and thrives on wet or dry soils after establishment. The vigour of Alnus cordata makes it unsuitable for paved areas near to buildings but it makes an excellent windbreak and screen for large open boundaries. Yellow catkins are produced in the spring and its leaves eventually turn yellow before they fall in the late autumn."
  • "Alnus glutinosa (Common Alder) is a medium sized tree which has a conical growth habit and produces yellow catkins in March. Its natural habitat is boggy land and river banks. However it is also very good for urban plantings as it thrives in all soils and tolerates air pollution. It is available as both multi-stemmed and as a single stem. Alnus glutinosa is a wonderful host to a wide range of wildlife. It is a very useful tree where the ground is liable to flood and can survive many weeks with its roots under water."
  • "Alnus incana (Grey Alder) is a hardy and tough medium tree, capable of coping with cold, wet soils and exposed situations. It is a fast grower, well suited to industrial areas and street plantings. Its pointed grey leaves readily distinguish it from Alnus glutinosa. Alnus incana was introduced from Europe in the 1780s and it does best on calcareous (chalky/lime) soils - ideally wet or moist - and tolerates air pollution. It is a medium-sized tree 15–20 metres tall with smooth grey bark, its life span being well over 50 years. "
  • "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 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 arborea Robin Hill (Juneberry) 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 orange and red in autumn. Will produces a light crop of berries in late summer. A very good choice for residential areas, the tree provides plenty of interest with virtually no maintenance. Being a relatively small tree at maturity and limited spread (up to 7 metres by 4 metres), it makes for a great choice in urban areas. It does best in moist, well drained, lime free soils."
  • "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."
  • "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 ('Paul's Scarlet' Hawthorn) is a small, rounded deciduous thorny tree or hedge with lobed, glossy leaves and fully double, pinkish-red late Spring flower. Flowering arrives 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, this variety 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."
  • "Pinus nigra nigra (Austrian Pine) is referred to as Black Pine with its dark greyish-brown to black bark and is a tough two needled evergreen. Its needles are much greener and longer than the Scots Pine and its growth more solid giving it a denser habit. Fast growing, it is an ideal choice for coastal areas and exposed, windswept sites, and even in very chalky soils. This large evergreen that can grow to well over 20 metres has a pyramidal form but retains its bushy, juvenile appearance much longer than Scots Pine."
  • "Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine) is a large evergreen tree which is distinctive by its tall, bare trunk and broadly pyramidal crown. It is best suited in parks, gardens, heath land and woodlands. It is tolerant of most soils but will not thrive in areas prone to flooding or near the coast. A familiar sight in bleak and inhospitable landscapes it has paired needles which can be very variable in colour from green to almost blue, especially when juvenile."
  • "Prunus avium Plena is the spectacular double flowered variety of the wild cherry which has been in cultivation for over 200 years. Prunus avium Plena is a medium sized, deciduous tree which can reach up to 15m in height and grows with an conical open shape and an even, symmetrical crown. Ideally it is planted as a park or woodland tree but it can also be used in urban environments given the right conditions. In Spring, the magnificence of this tree shows when it is laden with the brilliant double white flowers, hanging in pendulous clusters from the branches. The leaves emerge with a bronze tinge to them, becoming mid green and elliptical as they mature. In Autumn they turn vibrant shades of reds, oranges and yellows. Prunus avium Plena is a sterile variety and so has no fruit unlike Prunus avium. Like most varieties of ornamental cherry, Prunus avium Plena grows best in a position with full sun and a neutral-alkaline, free draining soil (not acidic). They don’t like to get their feet wet and so will not tolerate waterlogged or wet ground."
  • "Prunus serrula Kanzan is a widely planted and very popular flowering cherry. Its large green leaves can turn to a glorious display in the autumn but first emerge a coppery red. This cherry has stiffly ascending branches forming a columnar crown when young before becoming more rounded at maturity. It is of medium height Prunus serrula Kanzan reliably produces plenty of very showy, dark pink flowers in the spring and is ideal when planted in parks."
  • "Quercus cerris (Turkey Oak) is a large rounded tree and is probably the fastest growing oak in Ireland. It does well even in chalky soils and in coastal areas. The dark green, lobed leaves are resistant to mildew, which affects some others of the genus. A tough tree Quercus cerris is ideal for wide verges and parks."
  • "Quercus ilex (Holm Oak) is a variety of evergreen oak, growing to approximately 20-25m in height. Its tolerance of many growing conditions and pollution make it a very versatile plant, often used in urban and coastal settings. Alternatively it can be used for hedging, windbreaks and topiary. Left to grow on its own, it will become a large, structural tree with a rounded crown. Catkins appear in the Spring, followed by small acorns which will mature the same year. The leaves of Quercus ilex are dark green and leathery with a whitish underside. Often the lower leaves are spiny, giving a resemblance to the Common Holly, which is also where the name comes from. It is thought that it may have developed this characteristic to prevent grazing by animals. Native to the Mediterranean region and is often found growing on its own or with Cedrus atlantica in the Moroccan Atlas mountains."
  • "This stunning whitebeam tree has foliage which emerges from purple shoots in the spring, soft and silvery-white. As the seasons progress the leaves harden to become a more distinct grey on the underside and green on the surface. Clusters of creamy white flowers appear in April and May, followed by bright orange-red fruit in the autumn time, when the leaves turn a golden brown before falling. At maturity this small tree retains a rounded and compact shape, requires little maintenance and will thrive on all soils, including chalky ones. A wonderful choice of tree for planting as feature specimens in gardens."
  • "Sorbus aria 'Majestica' (Whitebeam) is, as the name suggests, a larger and more majestic cultivar of the species. In every other aspect it shares its appearance with Sorbus aria. The initially upright crown gradually spreads with age. Rich green leaves with a downy, white underside. Sorbus aria Majestica has creamy-white flower in late Spring proceeded by red berry fruits in autumn. An easy to grow tree, suitable for most, well-drained soil types. Hardy."
  • "Ulmus glabra (Wych Elm) is a native elm to the UK and here in Ireland. Hop like greenish flowers are produced in the spring before large vigorous leaves cover the weeping crown in the summer months. It is mushroom shaped with thick branches cascading downwards and this is why it is considered Dutch elm disease resistant as it generally grows lower than the 15 feet of the infecting flying beetle. It's green leaves turn yellow and brown in autumn and it thrives on most soil types. Can grow up to 20 metres with a maximum 7 to 8 metre spread."
  • Ulmus hollandica Dodoens (Elm) as a clone has moderate resistance to Dutch elm disease. A tough large tree, Ulmus hollandica Dodoens is good for verges and for avenues, and forms a broadly pyramidal crown. It is fast growing and a good choice for windy, exposed locations including coastal sites.
  • "Alnus incana Laciniata is an ornamental, cut-leaved version of common alder with a pyramidal crown that suits wet, boggy grounds. Following the growth of summer catkins, small green-brown cones develop around September and remain in place for most of winter, even after the yellow-toned autumn foliage has dropped. It is a fast growing tree, reaching a potential height of 20 metres in 20-50 years depending on the soil conditions. It thrives in moist, damp soil and will grow in exposed situations. Smaller than the common alder, suitable for mid-size gardens and perhaps a standalone specimen in a lawn. Pollution tolerant so useful for screening alongside a road or for overlooked situations."
  • "Crataegus lavalleei 'Carrierei', also known as Cockspur thorn 'Carrierei', is a deciduous, tidy, multi-stem small tree. It has a dense broad crown and dark green glossy oval leaves and is ideal for small gardens showcasing its highly decorative looks. Whilst thorny, these are less dense than other Hawthorn. It's leaves turn red in late autumn and fall late making for ideal screening and/or a security barrier. It's blossoms are clustered and white, 5-petaled, and with a red centre whilst it bears large, orange-red berries in the autumn - great for attracting wildlife. Quite small even once fully mature, it will slowly grow to be 4 to 8 metres high and up to 8 metres wide. This tough tree will thrive in most soil types and aspects including coastal sites. Prefers to be planted in moist but well drained soil and has access to sun or partial shade. Noted also for being pollution tolerant so ideal for city/urban planting."
  • "Heptacodium miconioides or Seven Son Flower is a bushy, upright shrub and tree with a vase shape to nearly round, half-open crown. It can reach up to anywhere from 4 to 6 metres in height and similar spread, growing from a shrub into a small multi-stem tree. It produces dark green leaves and prolific clusters of small fragrant white flowers from late summer to late autumn. Great value to bees and butterflies. It needs full or partial sun but will tolerate any non-alkaline soil as long as it is moist, free draining , and with some humus content. Relatively hardy, particularly frost resistant, and okay in coastal locations."
  • "Pinus flexilis Vanderwolf's Pyramid (sometimes referenced as Limber Pine) is an upright, pyramidal tree with closely spaced, twisted, dark green to silvery blue green needles. It typically grows slowly to 7 to 10 metres tall with a breadth of 3 to 5 metres wide, reaching maturity between 10 and 20 years. It is a low maintenance tree that prefers a full sun aspect. Prefers a loamy, sandy soil, non-alkaline soil that's free draining."
  • "Sorbus intermedia (Swedish whitebeam) is a stunning, medium size deciduous whitebeam tree that has distinctive lobed leaves, dark green in colour with white, felt-like hair on the underside.

    The tree can grow up to 12 metres in height with a broad, dense canopy. Leaves are broadly oval, deeply-lobed and dark green, turning a yellow-orange hue in the autumn. Clusters of white flowers in spring are followed by red berries in autumn. The tree’s flowers provide nectar for insects and its fruits are consumed and dispersed by various birds. Due to the tree’s tolerance to air-pollution and its ornamental value, it is often planted along streets in urban areas. Alternatively, the tree is wind resistant and can withstand dry conditions and thus is suitable in exposed and coastal location.

    Swedish whitebeam grows in a wide range of soil types, as long as they are rich and well-drained. Prefers full sun or partial shade."

  • Ulmus Lutece ('Nanguen' Elm) is a new hybrid of Elm which is resistant to Dutch Elm disease. The characteristics of this hybrid are a smooth stem, with its leaf and general appearance similar to native field elm. It's very hardy, wind resistant and tolerant of summer drought and winter waterlogging. Tends to begin leafing later in spring and also to drop in late autumn, around the end of November. Fast growing in well drained soil of any type. Suitable as a specimen tree, coastal, or urban planting. Will grow to a height of up to 10 to 15 metres.
  • "Cedrus libani is an impressive, hardy evergreen conifer. This tree has year-round dark green foliage whilst large-size cones form every other year. It starts out in pyramid form but as it matures its shape spreads into a rounder and broader form. It will thrive on most soils providing the planting area is relatively well drained and prefers a full sun aspect. This large tree can grow up to 8 metres and is an imposing specimen that is included by many in a classical parkland selection."


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