Cell Grown Plants

Every year our nursery in the Scottish Borders produces millions of cell grown broadleaves, conifers, shrubs, hedging plants and a range of other species for environmental planting.  Our species range is extensive and we have species to suit all planting objectives.

Cell grown plants can be planted almost all year round and offer excellent survivability as they are supplied with a complete and intact fibrous root system.

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  • Abies alba - European Silver Fir

    from £0.66

    Abies alba - Silver fir is a long-living conifer upright-growing evergreen conifer with dark green needles that are silver underneath. The yellow-green cones which appear in late spring are cylindrical in shape and ripen to brown.

    The strong, lightweight timber is mainly used for construction, furniture, plywood and pulpwood. Young trees are also popular as Christmas trees. Ecologically, the tree is important for maintaining high biodiversity in forested areas. The tree’s deep taproots offering stability, alongside its easily biodegradable needle litter, are key in the establishment and management of silvicultural systems.

    Silver fir is shade-tolerant and able to act as a “seedling bank” under the canopy of older dominant trees for decades.

  • Cornus sanguinea - Common Dogwood

    from £0.48

    Cornus sanguinea - Common Dogwood is a native shrub that grows well is wet soils and is normally found along woodland edges and in hedgerows. It is a good choice for game cover.

    Deciduous with fresh green leaves that have distinctive curved veins. The leaves turn a rich crimson colour in the Autumnn.

    Creamy white flowers are produced in clusters which once pollinated by insects develop into small black berries which are eaten by birds and mammals.

    Our cell grown Dogwood plants are often used for hedge planting either on their own or mixed with other species such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog rose etc at a planting density of 6 plants per metre.

  • Cotoneaster lacteus - Milkflower Cotoneaster

    from £0.66

    Cotoneaster lacteus - Milkflower Cotoneaster is a dense evergreen shrub that can be used for an informal hedge or screen.

    Its main attraction is the clusters of creamy white flowers which persist all summer and then masses of red berries are produced in the autumn and stay on the plant until the winter.

    This species has a wide arching habit with large leathery leaves with deep veins which have a furry underside. 

  • Cedrus atlantica - Atlas Cedar

    from £0.87

    Cedrus atlantica - Atlas Cedar is a large evergreen conifer with silvery blue needles. The branches are horizontal and stiff.

    Native to Morocco and Algeria in the Atlas Mountains where it is often grown as a pure stand. It is the only African tree that thrives in the UK, and most of the plants that we produce are used by our customers in the Southern and Eastern areas of the UK, as it is capable of withstanding periods of drought once established.

    It produces strong and durable timber that is renowned for its strong and persistent fragrance.

    Learn more about Atlas Cedar by reading our factsheet.

  • Alnus rubra - Red Alder

    from £0.55

    Alnus rubra - Red Alder shares many of the features of our native Common Alder and is ideal for forming a windbreak or for companion planting with species such as Douglas Fir and Sitka Spruce.

  • Primula vulgaris - Primrose

    from £0.90

    Primula vulgaris - Primrose, is one of the most familiar signs of spring. Typically found in woodlands and beneath hedgerows, it thrives in damp shade in a variety of situations. It provides an early source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators and is used as a caterpillar foodplant by several species of moth.

    It grows particularly well in a cool, shaded spot such as a woodland border. It associates particularly well with daffodils, which flower at the same time.

  • Castanea sativa - Sweet Chestnut

    from £0.87

    Castanea sativa - Sweet Chestnut is a good example of a multi functional species. Excellent as a parkland tree, great for coppicing, and the chestnuts provide a tasty treat for red squirrels!

    Native to Southern Europe but thought to be introduced by the Romans, Sweet Chestnut is found throughout the UK and is commonly associated with Southern England. Deciduous with long, narrow glossy leaves.

  • Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree

    from £1.43

    Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip tree; named after its characteristic tulip shaped flowers which  are yellow with an orange flare at the base.  Native to North America where its timber is highly regarded. Most commonly planted in the UK as a specimen tree or as part of a mixed woodland.

    In our opinion the main attraction of the tulip tree is the stunning autumn colours of golden yellows and coppery browns. 

  • Rosa rugosa Alba - Ramanas Rose (White)

    from £0.66

    Rosa rugosa Alba - Ramanas Rose is a large robust shrub that produces large, beautiful and very fragrant bowl shaped flower that are silky white.  It  flowers earlier than our native Dog Rose and often repeat flowers during the Spring and Summer.  Very large, red hips follow the flowers.

    The stems are covered in small spines which makes it ideal for an impenetrable and dense hedge or barrier. 

    A good all rounder. Attractive, good disease resistance, fast growing and very tolerant of exposure and coastal locations.

    We also produce Rosa rugosa which has fuchsia pink flowers.

  • Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn

    from £0.55

    Prunus spinosa - Blackthorn is widely used throughout the UK for good reasons; robust, useful and tolerant. Commonly used to form impenetrable hedging or as a stand alone large shrub/thicket.

    The snow white flowers on Blackthorn mark the start of early Spring and appear before the leaves which are green and narrow in shape.

    Once pollinated by insects the flowers develop into small dark fruits.

    Blackthorn has long spikes and is densely branched - an ideal location for bird nesting.

    Our cell grown Blackthorn plants are often used for hedge planting either on their own or mixed with other species such as Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Dog rose etc. at a planting density of 6 plants per metre.

  • Sorbus torminalis - Wild Service Tree

    from £1.43

    Sorbus torminalis - Wild Service Tree is probably one of the rarest native species in our range and is often associated with ancient woodlands. Worth considering as a hedgerow tree.

    A medium sized deciduous tree that is often mistaken for a maple due to its leaf shape and interesting autumn colour which turns bright red and copper. 

    Clusters of white spring flowers which once pollinated form small brown fruits that are enjoyed by birds.

    Sometimes called the ’Chequer Tree’ probably due to the chequered pattern on the bark and the Prime Ministers official country home is named after it!

  • Ulmus glabra - Scottish Elm

    from £0.87

    Ulmus glabra - Scottish Elm has the potential to grow into a large tree and is typically found in Scotland and the West of England.  Native to the UK and together with Oak it was once a major tree species in the UK.

    It is a very tough species and can withstand low temperatures and high elevations. Deciduous.

    Scottish Elm has purplish red flowers that appear before the foliage appears in early Spring. The leaves are similar in appearance to Hornbeam with broad, serrated leaves that turn yellow in the Autumn. Our plants are grown from seed to provide a greater range of genetic diversity.