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The height after 10 years is one of the best ways to compare different tree species and varieties. The height of a tree will also determine how much space it will need, and how far the roots are likely to spread.
The way in which a tree grows is one of the most important characteristics to consider when choosing a new tree. Most trees grow with a more or less upright and gradually spreading form, but some grow in much more compact columnar style whilst others spread widely. The branches of weeping trees will cascade down from the crown.
Most trees go through a juvenile stage when they grow quite quickly. Once they reach maturity after about 10 years, growth continues, but at a steadier pace. The growth rate gives an indication of how quickly the young tree will approach its mature size.
Within a species, different varieties may have a range of different vigours. The more vigorous the variety, the larger it is likely to get - relative to others of the same species. The situation is further complicated with fruit trees, which are usually grafted on size-controlling rootstocks.
Most tree blossom lasts for about 2-3 weeks, but some varieties flower over a longer or shorter period.
The RHS cold-hardiness rating is specifically tailored to UK conditions. The scale runs from H1 (likely to require a heated greenhouse) to H7 (able to survive temperatures below -20C).
This attribute applies mainly to fruit species such as apples. Fruit varieties that are not self-fertile will require a compatible pollinator of a different variety nearby. If in doubt, please contact us.
This attribute applies particularly to blossom trees, as to some extent the more petals a flower has the more intense the blossom display will be. However other characteristics such as colour, flower size, and shape all have an impact on the beauty of spring blossom. It is sometimes said that single-flower varieties are more attractive or easier for pollinating insects, but flowering season and availability of alternative food sources may explain this.
Flower size is ranked relative to other varieties within the same species.
The colour of newly-emerged leaves in spring is often different to the colour of mature summer leaves. It is also often a key feature of blossom trees, where the leaf colour will complement and contrast with the blossom colour.
Autumn is a time of spectacular leaf colour in many tree species, as the tree responds to shortening days and cooler temperatures.
Fruit size is ranked relative to other varieties in the same category or species.
The Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (AGM) was established in the 1920s. It recognises plants which perform consistently and reliably in the typical UK garden situation. It is reviewed annually, The Award of Merit (AM) is different - it is given to plants which are of exhibition quality. The AGM in particular is a useful starting point when selecting plants, but be aware there are many excellent varieties which do not meet the specific criteria for the AGM.
Persistent fruits will hang on the tree into late autumn, and are a good source of food for wildlife, as well as providing autumn colour in the garden.
The RHS "perfect for pollinators" initiative identifies plants that are particularly attractive to pollinating insects.