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Trees & Shrubs For Alkaline, Chalky Soils

A range of trees and shrubs will be quite happy on alkaline soils; in fact many dry loving trees and shrubs will positively flourish on well drained chalky soils.

It is always sensible to stake and tie trees securely and always dig in plenty of compost and fertilizer into the planting pit to give the young plant a good start and after watering in use a deep mulch to help lock in any soil moisture.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Catalpa bignonioides - Aurea - Indian Bean TreeCatalpa bignonioides

'Aurea'

Indian Bean Tree
Tree, Rounded - TreeWhite flowers (Summer)
Osmanthus heterophyllus - Variegatus - Variegated OsmanthusOsmanthus heterophyllus

'Variegatus'

Variegated Osmanthus
Shrub, Ground cover, Container-friendly, SpreadingWhite flowers (Autumn)
Osmanthus delavayi - OsmanthusOsmanthus delavayi

Osmanthus
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Autumn, scented)
Viburnum opulus - Sterile - Guelder RoseViburnum opulus

'Sterile'

Guelder Rose
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer, scented)
Buddleja davidii - Harlequin - Variegated butterfly bushBuddleja davidii

'Harlequin'

Variegated butterfly bush
Shrub, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Rosmarinus officinalis - RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary
Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushDark blue flowers (Summer)
Buddleja alternifolia - Argentea - buddlejaBuddleja alternifolia

Argentea

buddleja
Shrub, Rounded - TreeDark blue flowers (Summer early, scented)
Taxus baccata - Semperaurea -  YewTaxus baccata

'Semperaurea'

Yew
Tree, Conifer, SpreadingNon-flowering
Taxus baccata - Standishii - YewTaxus baccata

'Standishii'

Yew
Tree, Conifer, FastigiateNon-flowering
Rosmarinus officinalis - Sissinghurst Blue - RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

'Sissinghurst Blue'

Rosemary
Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushDark blue flowers (Summer)


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