Looking for climate resilience, wildlife value, texture and year round interest in a tree? We thought THIS one was the perfect addition to our RHS Chelsea compliment for ALL these reasons.
Unfazed by the whims of Mother Nature, hailing from the Eastern Asia, this tree knows a thing or two ...about adapting to diverse climates. Scorching summers, then cold wet winters makes this a perfect choice for the Urban Community Wildlife garden we’re creating for the show.
The tree is a wildlife magnet too, its fragrant flowers inviting bees and butterflies for a nectar feast, whilst the seeds are gourmet treats for our feathered friends later in the year.
Plant this tree and you’ll have a thriving ecosystem in the heart of the city.
And there’s more. How could a tree be so irresistibly tactile? Visitors to the show should prepare to have their senses tickled by the otherworldly texture of the bark. Perfect to feel closer to nature and for the visually impaired to experience too.
And the cherry on the top, in autumn when trees shed their leaves like confetti, this tree holds on to its golden glory for as long as possible, adding a splash of sunshine at the end of the year.
It’s like having a tree in the garden that always wants to party! Have you guessed what it is yet? Maackia amurensis - with all it would bring to any urban green space, do you think Octavia Hill, our garden’s inspiration would approve?
Thank you to @hortus_loci for encouraging them to grow, grow, GROW!💚
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