Corylus avellana (Hazel)
- Usually Flowers : February, March
Deciduous shrub or small tree with toothed, hairy leaves. Male flowers appear as cluster of yellow catkins. female flowers bud-like with red styles. February to March. Ht.5m.(16ft.). Leaves turn yellow in autumn. Nuts with woody shell surrounded by leafy bracts after flowers. Grow in sun or shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Good for woodland areas, hedgerows or wild gardens. Often coppiced.
Corylus maxima Purpurea (Purple Leaved Hazel)
- Usually Flowers : January, February
Vigorous, deciduous shrub or small tree with deep purple leaves. Purplish catkins with yellow anthers hang from bare branches in late winter. Ht.6mt.(20ft.). Edible nuts form in autumn. Grow in full sun or partial shade on fertile, well-drained soil. Good for hedging or as specimen plant.
Laburnum x watereri Vossii
- Usually Flowers : May, June
Small, deciduous tree with three-palmate leaves. Very long racemes of scented, pea-like flowers. May to June. Ht.8m.(25ft.). grow in sun and well-drained soil. Good for small gardens as specimen tree.
Teuchrium fruticans (Germander)
- Usually Flowers : June, July, August
Evergreen, bushy shrub with grey-green leaves. Spikes of dark, azure-blue salvia-like flowers from June to August. Ht.1mt.(3ft.). Best grown in full sun and well-drained slightly alkaline soil. Needs shelter from cold winds and benefits from winter protection. Good for borders and informal hedging.