Best new introduction at Groot Groen goes to Belgian-grown Sorbus variety 'Fingerprint'

Belgian-based De Martelaer Nursery scooped best new introduction at this year's Groot Groen Plus show with the Sorbus aucuparia 'Fingerprint'.

Judges said the variety was a "significant improvement and innovation on S. aucuparia 'Fastigiata'". Bert De Martelaer said: "The strongest characteristic of the tree is its upright crown - it's very narrow.

"Compared to other cultivars, this is very resistant against canker. It does not grow very high - maximum seven metres." Belgian grower, Boomkwekerij C. Verhelst won gold for the Quercus bimundorum 'Crimson Spree'.

Growers from the Netherlands scooped the rest of the awards, with silver medals being awarded to Andre van Nijnatten for the Ilex crenata 'Allgold' and Handelskekerij Exceptio for the Rudbeckia 'Dublin'.

Bronze medals were awarded to Valkplant & Boomkwekerij Leon van Lint for the Abelia 'Lynn' (Pinky Bells) and Boomkwekerij Peter Leenders for the Thuja plicata 'Kager's Beauty'.

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