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Recently, nurseries have received winter stocks of bare-rooted deciduous trees and shrubs, but sadly, I have been informed by Flemings from Victoria that two of the most popular deciduous trees will no longer be available for sale in NSW.
This has certainly come as a surprise as they are beautiful and fast-growing: Robinia ‘Frisia’, the golden form and ‘Mopheads’.
Tall, green, grafted robinias are widely planted in home gardens as features. They are excellent to introduce a bright yellow cluster in an all green garden, whilst the ‘Mopheads’, sometimes called ‘Mop Tops’, look spectacular to create a formal garden with hedging. They are known to throw suckers when thirsty, but this problem is easy to control, by regular watering.

Though these trees will be missed in garden designs, Gleditsia ‘Sunburst’ is still available. It is a weeping, graceful tree that is golden in colour and it is heat and drought tolerant.
One of my favourite varieties of deciduous trees is the Malus family, commonly known as Crab Apples. They are a small-growing tree, which bears beautiful spring blossoms, from white to shades of pink and burgundy.

This week

  • Once roses and deciduous trees have become dormant, this is a safe time to move them.
  • Dissolve one tablespoon of sulphate of ammonia in approximately 4-5 litres of water and sprinkle it around parsley plants and watch them green.
  • I know it is tempting to prune roses but wait until July or even August in frosty areas.

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