Hillier lines up new plant for RHS Chelsea flower show

Hillier Nurseries is entering Malus x purpurea 'Crimson Cascade', while Thorncroft Clematis is putting Clematis Taiga forward.

Hillier's weeping crab apple was discovered by a retired chemist in Yorkshire.

Thorncroft is entering Clematis Taiga, bred by Shigeaki Ochiai and grown through Plantipp by Newey in the UK.

Malus x purpurea ‘Crimson Cascade’, is new and exclusive to Hillier,  courtesy of Dr. Alan Warwick, a retired Yorkshire- based chemist.

Dr. Warwick, an enthusiastic gardener, contacted Hillier in 2014. He had been growing Malus ‘aldenhamensis’ in his garden and had, 10 years prior, grown some seedlings from its fruits. He had noticed one of these exhibited a weeping habit in clear contrast to the upright form of the parent tree. He contacted Hillier to help establish if this was a unique trait. Hillier identified this was indeed a brand-new variety of Malus, which was given the name Malus x purpurea ‘Crimson Cascade’. Hillier began to propagate using the grafting technique. This has resulted in the commercial production of the new ‘Crimson Cascade’ in time for its launch at Chelsea 2017.

‘Crimson Cascade’ is a handsome small tree that can reach a height of 4.5 metres. I

Meanwhile, Hillier is supporting the Silver Line charity with a new blu variety of Lavandula 'Silver Line', with £1 per plant going to the cause.

The company is using 3,000 plants, 20 lorries, 3,200 hours of work between 136 people in a bid for a record 72nd gold medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with its Sarah Eberle-designed garden.

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