Tree Adoption Gallery

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  • Atlas Cedar

    Atlas Cedar

    Cedrus atlantica

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E04 Map

    Cedrus atlantica, commonly known as the Atlas cedar, is an evergreen conifer native to the Atlas Mountains in northern Africa. A variety with vivid bluish foliage was introduced into cultivation in UK in 1841, and planted for the first time in 1845. This majestic tree is now one of the most widely planted of ornamental conifers. It grows up to 35 m high, its beautiful needles borne in tufted clusters.

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  • Campbell’s Magnolia

    Campbell’s Magnolia

    Magnolia campbellii ‘Charles Raffill’

    Status:
    Adopted
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E30 Map

    Considered one of the finest of all magnolias, Magnolia campbellii is a medium to large-sized deciduous tree, growing to 30 m. This tree produces a wonderful spectacle in early spring, as its huge flowers emerge and blanket the tree in shades of vivid crimson and white. Native to the Himalayas, from eastern Nepal to Myanmar and China at altitudes of 2,500-3,000 m, Magnolia campbellii is mainly grown for its ornamental value.

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  • Caucasian Wingnut

    Caucasian Wingnut

    Pterocarya fraxinifolia

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E06 Map

    An elegant and majestic tree, Pterocarya fraxinifolia is rarely encountered in gardens the UK, perhaps due to its widely spreading habit. Native to the lush river valleys of Iran and central Asia, it favours moist soil and plenty of light. This deciduous tree is a stunning sight during the late summer months, when covered in slender catkins, bearing distinctively winged nuts.

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  • Chinese Golden Larch

    Chinese Golden Larch

    Pseudolarix amabilis

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E05 Map

    A deciduous tree, Pseudolarix amabilis is a native of eastern China, and was first introduced to the UK in 1854. The English name, golden larch, refers to the colour of its autumn foliage. but this tree is a member of the pine family (Pinaceae). It has a superficial similarity to the true larch (Larix), but is more closely related to Keteleeria, Abies and Cedrus. This magnificent species is relatively uncommon in British gardens.

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  • Chinese Mahogany

    Chinese Mahogany

    Toona sinensis

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E03 Map

    This deciduous tree is native to eastern and south-eastern Asia, and was first introduced to Britain in 1862. It was not until the late 1990’s that the species gained its common name, indicating its membership to the mahogany family (Meliaceae). The fruit, bark, wood and roots are used widely in China for numerous purposes, including as a vegetable, in traditional Chinese medicine and in timber and furniture manufacture. It is also commonly burnt in temples, releasing a delicate, sweet scent.

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  • Chinese Mountain Ash

    Chinese Mountain Ash

    Sorbus glabriuscula

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E26 Map

    This small tree naturally occurs in dense forests on mountain slopes and gullies of western China, specifically the province of Hubei, from which it takes its scientific name. In the summer months it produces clouds of white flowers, which are popular with bees. Its delicate leaves are initially tinged bluish-green, before transforming to warmer hues in the autumn, and offering large clusters of fruit along its slender branches.

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  • Dawn Redwood

    Dawn Redwood

    Metasequoia glyptostroboides

    Status:
    Adopted
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E22 Map

    The dawn redwood is a member of the Cypress family. Unusually for a conifer, most of which are evergreen, it is a deciduous tree – shedding its flattened needles after they turn reddish-brown in the autumn, and flushing anew each spring. It produces small, pendulous cones.

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  • Himalayan Birch

    Himalayan Birch

    Betula utilis

    Status:
    Adopted
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E21 Map

    This beautiful tree is a native of the Himalayas. Deforestation, due to overuse for purposes such as firewood, has caused loss of habitat for many native groves. Selected cultivars with differing bark colours are widely cultivated in Western gardens.

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  • Himalayan Cedar

    Himalayan Cedar

    Cedrus deodara

    Status:
    Available for adoption
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E18 Map

    A native of the Himalayas and the national tree of Pakistan, Cedrus deodara is a large conifer which can grow up to a staggering 75m in the wild. Its name originates from ‘devdar’, meaning ‘timber of the gods’. A majestic evergreen, this tree is widely grown for its timber in many parts of southern Europe, but is also of great ornamental value in Britain.

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  • Japanese Maple

    Japanese Maple

    Acer palmatum

    Status:
    Adopted
    Location:
    Edinburgh, E28 Map

    Native to Japan, Acer palmatum is a small deciduous tree, reaching a height of 6–10 m, and in the wild preferring shaded woodlands. Widespread throughout the Japanese islands, it also grows in North and South Korea, China, eastern Mongolia and southeast Russia. Brought into cultivation by the Japanese centuries ago, the species was first introduced to England in 1820. There now exist an extraordinary number of cultivars, grown in temperate areas around the world for their attractive leaf forms and colours, particularly spectacular during the autumn months.

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