“Ilex Crenata, more commonly known as Japanese Holly, is an evergreen shrub, very similar in appearance to Buxus (Box) and is typically used for hedging or beautiful dense topiary. The small leaves are rounded, dark green and glossy, very similar in appearance to Buxus, but can be identified by its alternate (not opposite) leaf arrangement and the crenate/toothed margin. Its resistance to pests and diseases, in particular leaf spot, rust or blight, make it an ideal substitute. In late spring, it produces a delicate white flower followed in autumn by small insignificant black berries.”

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    Cloud pruning is a Japanese method of training trees and shrubs into shapes resembling clouds. It is known as ‘Niwaki’, the translation of which is ‘garden tree’ and are quite literally works of art for the garden.

    Plants that are cloud pruned can look very much like bonsai trees. The only difference between niwaki and bonsai is that bonsai are grown in containers and niwaki are grown in the ground.

    This method can be used on a number of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs. However, evergreens produce a more striking specimen and give all-year-round interest.

    Many of our cloud pruned specimens are supplied in containers, meaning we can deliver a large range all year round. The very largest of them are field-grown and so only available in autumn, winter and spring.

    While they do need some care, they are reasonably easy to manage. They are versatile plants and require very little maintenance, just cutting once a year. To maintain the quality of our plants we hand select every piece especially for its shape and form and ensure that each specimen is carefully pruned prior to its display on our nursery. We currently have Cloud Pruned trees in Pines, Olives, Beech & Hornbeam, Photinia Red Robin as well as Yew, Buxus, Ilex and Juniperus.


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