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Trees & Shrubs For Acid Soils

There are a number of trees and plants that are tolerant of acid soils but a good few really special ones that will love it and make anyone visiting incredibly jealous because they probably won’t be able to grow it on their bog standard soil. Another advantage of having an acid soil is that you will tend to get richer autumn colours.

So, as with most ‘restrictive’ soil types, it really is a case of pros and cons and playing to your gardens strengths by getting your plant selections spot on.


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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Hamamelis X intermedia - Jelena - Witch HazelHamamelis X intermedia

'Jelena'

Witch Hazel
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - TreeYellow flowers (Winter, scented)
Nyssa sylvatica - Chinese TupeloNyssa sylvatica

Chinese Tupelo
Tree, Rounded - TreeNon-flowering
Camellia sasangua - Setsugekka - Chinese RoseCamellia sasangua

'Setsugekka'

Chinese Rose
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Spring)
Pieris japonicaPieris japonica Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Fothergilla major - Witch AlderFothergilla major

Witch Alder
Tree, Shrub, Rounded - TreeWhite flowers (Spring, scented)
Rhododendron oreodoxa - FargesiiRhododendron oreodoxa

'Fargesii'
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Embothrium coccineum - Chilean Fire BushEmbothrium coccineum

Chilean Fire Bush
Tree, Shrub, EllipticalRed flowers (Summer early)
Pieris formosa - WakehurstPieris formosa

'Wakehurst'
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Cytisus X praecox - Alba - BroomCytisus X praecox

'Alba'

Broom
Shrub, SpikeyYellow flowers (Summer early, scented)
Hamamelis - Ruby GlowHamamelis

'Ruby Glow'
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - TreeYellow flowers (Winter, scented)


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