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The Best Trees To Grow At Home

The outdoors is in everything we do, and we want to help everyone to protect the places we all love for years to come. 27th November to 5th December 2019 marks National Tree Week, the UK’s largest celebration of plants and trees. Communities across the country will be getting together to celebrate everything our trees give us, and importantly, plant new ones to lay down the roots of a tree-filled future for everyone. If you’re keen to get involved, planting any tree will help to clean up our air and transform your garden – but here are just a few of our favourites:

Crab apple (Malus sylvestris)

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Sweetly-scented white and pink flowers in spring, ripe fruit in summer, and plentiful food for wildlife and the soil when the fruits fall in winter: the crab apple tree is a delight in every season. Pick the apples to make a sweet jelly (or crab apple liqueur, if you’re feeling adventurous) or leave them there to attract birds, who may even use your tree for nesting.

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

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This hardy tree/shrub produces impressive floral displays followed by edible black or red berries, making it a great feature to brighten up a garden. It’s also a great source of nectar for bees, having been recognized by the RHS as a Plant for Pollinators. What’s not to love?

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus gunnii)

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A large, fast-growing evergreen shrub often grown for its attractive, aromatic leaves, the eucalyptus gunnii is a choice for gardens of any size. Clusters of small red, white or yellow flowers form between July and August for a short-lived but beautiful display, which can be prolonged by regularly pruning the leaves to maintain their distinctive blue colour.

Deciduous camellia (Stewartia pseudocamellia)

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Originally from Japan, deciduous camellia is a beautiful tree whose bark turns grey, orange and red-brown once fully grown. It produces showy white flowers in early summer and becomes a display of orange and red leaves in autumn, and is easy to care for, being usually pest- and disease- free and needing minimal pruning every season.

Hazel (Corylus avellana)

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Want to clean up the air, brighten up your garden with vibrant yellow displays, and grow food for yourself and wildlife? Look no further than a hazel tree. It’s easy to care for and takes only 10-20 years to reach its full height, making it a great choice to plant with kids and enjoy for many years to come. Plus, you end up with home-grown hazelnuts to eat raw, use in baking or leave for squirrels or dormice in your garden.

We're proud to be preserving our outdoors and planting trees with our friends the National Trust this Black Friday. Find out more here.