Glenwilliam Stud, Ballingarry
A beautiful feature of the tree planting at this impressive residence and stud farm in Co. Limerick are the multi-stem Cherries. Prunus serrulate Shogetsu, with its mass of large double white flowers in May, the pink buds and copper coloured leaves of Prunus yedeonsis, and the gracefully spreading Prunus Accolade with its rose-pink flowers in pendulous clusters are the stars of the show.
The white trucks of the Betula utilis Jacuemontii and the winter flowering Cornus officinalis Robins Pride, provide a bright colourful backdrop in an otherwise bare landscape. In addition to the Cherries, the onset of Spring can also be seen in the delicate white flowers of Amelanchier lamarkii, and the Magnolia Yellow River, Magnolia Leonard Messel and Magnolia Stellata.
Cornus kousa (Chinese Dogwood) and Halesia monticola (Mountain Silverbell) lead the way into Summer and the Oaks, Quercus dentata Carl Ferris Miller and Quercus dentata Pinatifida, the Parrotia persica Bella (Persian Ironwood), the Sorbus aucuparia Edulis (Rowan), and the Sorbus ulleungensis Dodong (Mountain Ash) provide structure and wonderful autumn colour in the garden.
Just as impressive is the long avenue of semi mature, clear stem Carpinus betulas Fastigiata (Upright Hornbeams) with cone shaped crowns which creates a beautiful approach to the house from the entrance gates.