Lack of disease singles out trees for the future

Tilia, Carpinus, zelkova, US swamp oak and Acer rubrum are set to be trees for the future, according to Cherry Tree Arboretum owner John Ravenscroft, because they do not get the diseases that are hitting more common UK trees such as oak, ash and horse chestnut.

Magnolia - image: Pixabay
Magnolia - image: Pixabay

Magnolia will be important as a street tree, he added. Ravenscroft now grows more than 200 varieties of magnolia.

The former Bridgemere Nurseries owner has moved his business model from mainly selling direct to grafting for other nurseries such as Frank P Matthews.

He recently doubled his area of glass.

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