Index of Garden Trees

Garden Trees

The following trees are just a few of those that are suitable for domestic gardens in Great Britain (England/Scotland/Ireland).

Deciduous Trees Suitable for Domestic UK Gardens


Snowy mespilus

Magnolia stellata


Japanese flowering cherry blossom

Ornamental cherry

robinia pseudoacacia

Rose acacia

Rhus typhina autumn leaves


sorbus red berries

Mountain Ash, Rowan

Evergreen Trees Suitable for Domestic UK Gardens

fir cones

Fir tree

monkey puzzle tree

Monkey puzzle tree

strawberry tree

Strawberry tree

eucalyptus leaves

Gum tree

Ilex aquifolium

Ilex aquifolium
Common holly

When is The Best Time to Plant a Tree?

Most trees sold in garden centers and nurseries are container grown. Container grown trees can be planted at any time of the year, provided that the soil is in a workable condition. Newly planted trees will need plenty of water during the first couple of years until the roots become well established. If you intend to plant your tree during the dryer summer months you will need to keep it constantly watered to ensure it does not dry out.

Soil Preparation and Planting

The planting and cultivation of trees is similar to that for shrubs, particularly with regard to soil quality and its preparation. In general trees require a deep, open and well drained loamy soil. Plenty of rich humus should be added, especially if the soil is shallow, sandy or gravelly.

Tall trees will also need staking to prevent rocking during high winds, however the trunk should not be stated too firmly, as some movement is required to help the tree become established. The lower trunk will also require protection against damage by rabbits and small deer, who will often strip the lower bark and quickly kill the tree.